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Out with the Old, In with the New

Ringing In The New Year


New Year’s eve as a kid was a fun, free day. It was almost always snowy. My parents along with the parents of 3 other families in the neighborhood would get together for dinner and to play bridge. All of us kids were pretty free to hang together and play. At midnight, there was Ducky champagne (Cold Duck or some bubbly alcohol-free grape/apple juice) and the banging of pots and pans. A google search of this activity has several origin stories. I’m going to go with it coming from Ireland due to many long ago ancestral connections, and to drive away negative spirits. One story claimed that the banging of pots and pans comes mainly from places that have a lack of fireworks, which was done for the same reason. We definitely had pots, pans and wooden spoons for all to wield. I thought it was the greatest thing.


New Traditions I still have Ducky champagne, but have traded banging pots with a wooden spoon to ringing my singing bowls and gongs on New Year’s Eve. Whether or not you feel the presence of negative spirits in your home, the energetic space still benefits from clearing or being stirred up. Cleaning and clearing our spaces is as important as cleaning our physical body. Just think of Marie Kondo and her decluttering methods.