With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, what plans have you made? I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to make December 31 the best night of the year, and more often than not this led to disappointment in the face of all those high expectations.

I look at it differently now. New Year’s Eve is not just another night, nor does it have to be a great big party…it’s an ending and a new beginning and a ritual in its own right, and I like to make it meaningful and memorable.

Rituals can be as simple as a moment of silence, a letter to yourself or someone else, or even a prayer, religious or otherwise.

Or you may prefer to go all out, planning something elaborate, extravagant and even (if you can afford it), expensive such as a trip to a special place.

A New Year’s ritual can be solitary or a celebration with your partner, family and friends, or—as is done in many cities around the world—at a party where everyone in the community is welcome.

It’s the deliberation and focus on what matters to you that is most important and that ultimately gives your choice meaning, whether you do it only this year or every year going forward from now on.




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