The new year could really start out with a bang if the Seminoles beat Auburn for the football national championship (provided you’re not an Auburn fan).
Maybe that would spur the local economy as well. Much of the private sector could use it.
Which sets up the rest of this column ....
According to several internet sites these are America’s favorite resolutions. They are all pretty basic but extremely important to us all. Now if we can just keep them:
Spend more time with family
Pay Off Debt
Get a Better Job
Get a Better Education
Drink Less Alcohol
Quit Smoking Now
Reduce Stress Overall
Reduce Stress at Work
Take a Trip
Volunteer to Help Others
Here are some facts about New Year’s you may or may not know:
"Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way.
The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.
In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year.
The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC.
The song "Auld Lang Syne" is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year.
Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage, and more locally, greens, is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.