Monday, December 31, 2007

Hogmanay

Just read that there's a holiday, in Scotland, I think, called Hogmanay. And it's today, last day of the year. The purpose of Hogmanay is to clean up after the old year, literally to clean house. Well, I've done a few things: unpacked my bags, anyway.

I do like the idea, and am somewhat inspired to bring new order. But it will take me a lot more than a day.

I expect it takes more than a day for everybody. Perhaps the purpose of the special day is to get us all inspired to start once again.

Happy Fresh Start to you.



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3 comments:

Lisa Gates said...

What a perfect post for the end of MY year. We're moving to another home and all week we've been purging, dumping, cleaning, saying NO, saying YES and the MAYBEs (if I have anything to say about it) will become NOs.

Hallelujah Hogmanay!

Thanks for gracing my year, Peggy. It's been a delight.

Debra w said...

Peggy,

Being Jewish means that I have two new years to contemplate every year. One that ends and begins, sometime in late Sept. early Oct.(depending on the lunar calendar), and then this secular new year. I prefer Rosh Hoshanna(The Jewish New Year), as it is much more introspective and thoughtful. We spend time in synagogue praying and focusing on how we can live a better life in the new year. We spend time making amends, asking forgiveness, and letting go of unnecessary baggage. Personally, I prefer it to the obnoxious partying that the secular new year tends to promote.

I like the idea of this Scottish holiday, as well. Cleaning house, so to speak, is a very good way to begin the new year. You are definitely correct in saying that it takes a lot more than a day. Change and transformation take time. The new year gives us each a chance to evolve into a better, more improved version of ourself.

Happy Fresh Start, to you as well!

Peggy said...

Thanks, Lisa and Debbie.

And happy moving to you, Lisa. What a huge undertaking. I can tell simply from knowing you online that you fall into the I-Don't-Know-How-She-Does-It category.

You have a point about Rosh Hoshanna being more thoughtful, Debbie. I'll pay attention to that more next year. I really like the way you describe it.