New Year’s Traditions and Resolutions

December 28, 2010

Jogging while it snowed, this neighbor got a head start on a healthy-living resolution.

Gather your grapes, choose your bottle of bubbles, and soak the black-eyed peas. A new year is coming. Let the preparations for a traditional celebration begin.

The grapes are for those who wish to adopt a custom from Spain. There, you toast the New Year by eating twelve grapes, one at each stroke of the clock as it chimes midnight. And the Southerners among us will eat black-eyed peas to bring on good fortune in 2011.

New Year’s Traditions

Eric Chudnoff from Back Bay Hardware has a chilly tradition. “One of the things I like to do is to be the first one in my group of friends to get a legal fishing license and go make holes in the ice, on the first day possible, and catch some trout.”

Marlborough Street resident, Vinnie Giungno makes time to watch The First Night Grand Procession. “I love seeing the surprised faces of all the children as the dragons pass by– along with all the colorful displays. I also think Boston puts on one of the prettier displays of fire works.”

“We have lamb, rack of lamb on New Year’s Day,” said Fatima who works at Supercuts on Boylston Street. She said that 2011 would be even better, because the rack of lamb for her traditional New Year’s meal is a gift from a friend.

Traditional Resolutions

Is making resolutions one of your New Year’s traditions? If so, you are not alone. Polls show the most popular resolutions include spending more time with family and friends, taking specific steps to improve health and finances, learning new things, and getting more organized. If one of these is on your list, you’ll find events and resources to help you succeed right around the corner.

Time with Family & Friends

Start off with a trip across Boston Harbor to Spectacle Island, January 2nd. The Friends of Boston Harbor have planned a “Seafarers’ Island Holiday” that will include a tour of the island with one of the organization’s volunteers.

Another January 2nd event takes a page from the Attention to Detail column. It’s a walking tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery exploring  the grounds to find cherubs and angels in marble and granite.

These are only two of dozens of events that appear each week in the “Neighborhood Roundup” page of this newspaper. You live in an area that is rich in opportunities to get out and enjoy experiences with the people you resolve to prioritize.

Learn Something New

If your dream trip would benefit from a fluency in French, The French Cultural Center of Boston is having a free “French for Adults” open house on January 4th. This event will give you the opportunity to meet some of the teachers, learn about the courses they will be offering this winter, and even obtain a discount on a registration. All that plus wine & cheese.

Improve Health

Boston is health care central. And, our teaching hospitals and research facilities offer many programs designed to support a healthier lifestyle. Some are part of ongoing research and look for volunteers to be monitored while following a specific routine.

Others are proven ways to quit smoking, lose weight, control chronic illness, or prevent problems– and may be covered by health insurance. Your physician’s office, health care center, or health insurance provider are all places to ask for referrals to health improvement resources.

Whatever you want to achieve in 2011, there are people, places, and events all around the city that can help you meet your personal goals. Check the papers, watch websites like the Boston Public Library or Boston Center for Adult Education, and ask friends if they know of ways to learn what you need to know to succeed.

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