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Blog: Final Countdown

New years traditions

The year has come to an end and it’s time to reflect. Last years overly hyped fear of Dec 21 was brought on from all media angles, but we hope that motivated some of us to move further along in their career or chosen path further than they normally would.

New Years Eve festivities and countdown traditions vary from different parts of the country. Way, way back in the days of old (the 80s) wed listen to the radio, assuming they had the most accurate time keeping devices somehow?

What about Dick Clarks Rockin New Years Eve? That’s a true long-standing American tradition, since the early 70s thats now been passed along to Ryan Seacrest. Not that we have anything against Ryan Seacrest, but he gets enough air time as it is #JustSayin

Never having bought into superstitions, my family would indulge in every superstition we ever heard of during new years eve. There was one about making sure you wear red underwear to take in the New Year, so you’d be lucky in love. Leaving your luggage by the door during the final hour was also supposed to make the coming year one where you traveled more. Looking back, I was the only one in my family that actually did this and as it turned out years later, Id be traveling the touring the country for a few years in different bands and in a bit of irony, I constantly leave my luggage by the entrance when getting back from the road. So who knows if those childhood NYE rituals paid off?

 

Another one that sticks out is eating 12 grapes, during the final 12 second countdown. So there wed all be, shoving grapes in our mouths as fast as possible, laughing at each other with juices dripping down our chins and over our nice evening wear. But by far the best known NYE celebration is the ball dropping in New York. We’ve all watched it at one point or another and wondered how much fun the people down there are having. Mostly texting and Facetime or Skype is whats happening. Social Media has allowed those lucky enough to be there, to reach out and share those experiences with us that are celebrating in different parts of the country. Instagram is gonna go nuts! But how is a giant, light filled ball related to the end of a calendar year? The use of a dropping ball to mark time dates to approximately 1833, when the British Royal Observatory (visible to all ships in the harbor) would drop a lighted ball every day at 1:00 PM. This would allow Captains to synchronize their timepieces. The Times Square ball drop began in 1907, when the use of fireworks within the city of New York was banned. The dropping of the ball also symbolizes the dropping of the sun down to the end of the southern cross of the zodiac, better known as the beginning of the Winter Solstice.

All of us at WeShareMedia will be partaking in some sort of combination of these festivities with our loved ones. Share these joyous moments with us and use these wonderful social media outlets to take a sneak peek at what others are doing around the globe. Start a Google+ hangout or upload lots of videos to yourFacebook. Remember to have a designated driver or taxi company phone number saved/app in your phone. Keep your pets nearby as the loud noises will frighten them and tell us what superstitions you’ll be playing into or even making some up of your own. May the coming year continue to be fruitful in any of your ventures. Lets keep the positive vibes moving and multiplying. Have the happiest New Year!

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