Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcome 2012!

Recently I learned about a tradition in Japan, one that I would love to start doing in our home. On New Year's Eve, they prepare for the new year by cleaning the home and car, and by stocking their kitchens. The day is called Omisoka, and "oh-souji" or "big cleaning" is done so they enter the new year with everything fresh and new. Isn't that a wonderful tradition?

Our tradition is to get take out from a favorite restaurant, then watch lots of movies until midnight when we run outside to light off fireworks. After the fireworks we come back inside for sparkling cider to toast the new year.

As you can see, we light our fireworks regardless of weather! What is your new years tradition?


  1. I love this idea! I always have this weird idea that I'm cleaning the house before Christmas to 'welcome Jesus'! I know it's kind of weird, but it's just something I've always felt.

    New Year's Eve is very low key for us, and I'm just fine with that. Love to start the year with a clean slate! Wishing you well for 2012!

  2. @Carol-Anne

    Ours is wonderfully low key as well! Glad to see another person who likes to start the year off with a clean slate! :)


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