New Year Traditions

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Many years ago when I was in the prime of my wanderlust years, I worked on cruise ships. It was a great way to see the world, meet new people, and learn new customs. New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world. The new year signifies new hope, a chance for a new beginning, and an opportunity to say goodbye to the mistakes we made in the previous year and start anew with 12 as yet untainted months of possibilities.

One of my favorite New Year’s traditions I learned from my colleagues on board the ss Stellar Solaris, a Greek liner that sailed the Caribbean, South America, and the Amazon river from November through April. New Year’s Eve found us steaming south towards the equator and most of the crew were far from home and family. We got to reminiscing about holidays and traditions. As midnight approached, one of the Danish girls onboard got up on her chair and motioned for all of us to do the same. “In Denmark,” she explained, “it is a tradition to jump from the tallest piece of furniture in your home at the stroke of midnight.” It signifies leaving the worries from the previous year behind you,” she told us,  “and leaping into the new year with hope for better things to come.”

So, as the clock began to chime at midnight that year, and every year hence, I and, now my husband too, jump from the tallest piece of furniture near us with hope for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year. It may sound crazy to you, but to us it is a joyful leap of faith.

You can learn about other fun, funky, and far out New Year traditions by reading Travel and Leisure Magazine’s December 2008 enewsletter article, entitled, “World’s Strangest New Year Traditions.”

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Happy New Year Everyone!