Everyone gets presents on Christmas, and even though we smile and act like we’re surprised to have been thought so kindly of, in reality, if Mom or Dad hasn’t got us any gifts, we’d feel pretty miffed. Similarly, on Valentine’s Day, if you don’t buy your significant other a gift, you’re making trouble for yourself. Mom gets flowers on Mother’s Day, and Dad gets tools on Father’s Day.
But what about those other holidays, where gift-giving isn’t exactly traditional? That’s when you really have the opportunity to surprise the people you love. And you shouldn’t have to break the bank, either. For instance, on New Year’s this year, why not send out some free ecards from gotfreecards.com? They’re absolutely free, and when your friends and loved ones open their e-mail boxes and see you’ve sent them an animated e-card, not only will they know you’ve been thinking about them, but they’ll also know you didn’t have to get them anything: you only did it because you care.
In less than two months from now, we’ll be saying goodbye to 2008, and welcoming in 2009. As this year draws to a close, I find myself looking back on all the things that made 2008 a special year, and looking forward to all the ways that 2009 can be better. In 2008, my little brother made the all-star soccer team; in 2009, he may get the opportunity to go professional. In 2008, my father got a raise at his job; in 2009, he’ll get to retire. In 2008, I left my hometown behind me, to look forward to greener pastures and new adventures; in 2009, I may move on once again.
Anything and everything may happen, and that’s the beauty of celebrating the new year: we’re toasting to the days that have already gone by, and we’re toasting to those wonderful ones still ahead of us.
This year, on December 31st, wherever you are when you watch that great ball drop in Times Square, remember not only to look back on the year that was, but to also look forward to the year that may be. And while you are at it send some New Years Ecards.
New Year’s Day isn’t quite the hallowed holiday as some others throughout the year are. Unlike Christmas, there isn’t a great feeling of peace and joy hanging in the air. Unlike Thanksgiving, New Year’s doesn’t mean cooking a great meal and reconnecting with friends and loved ones we don’t normally get to spend much time with.
New Year’s does, though, have its share of traditions. There’s the ceremonial midnight toast, the tradition of kissing the person next to you just as the clock strikes midnight, and, of course, making resolutions.
What’s funny about New Year’s resolutions is that we mostly known that the lofty goals we set for ourselves—quitting smoking, losing fifty pounds, etc.—are ones we will give up on within the first month or so. Still, though, it’s fun, and more than a little empowering, to set them in the first place.
Something my friends and I have started doing, though, is to set goals for the new year that are so ridiculously conceived and easy to achieve, we do it for the sake of the joke, more so than anything else. Last year, a friend of mine resolved to not eat French Fries on Tuesday—a goal which she has kept (or so she says). And I resolved to always make sure my shoes were tied when I put them on, rather than just slip them on and dash out the door—a goal which I have not been able to keep.
However you celebrate or commemorate this New Year’s holiday—whether it be a gathering with friends, or sending free animated e-cards from gotfreecards.com, just be sure to stay safe, have fun, and set reasonable goals.