The New Year: Part One

Tomorrow is the last day of 2016. A whole year has gone by and it’s time to welcome a new one. That’s so exciting! Mommy tells me that tomorrow is what we call New Year’s Eve and sunday will be New Year’s Day.

I’m not sure what to expect from New Year’s Eve. Last year it was just mommy, daddy, and I. A year ago I was very little and I don’t remember much about it. In fact, I slept through most of it. I vaguely recall sleeping on the couch on mommy’s lap with the tv on.

There doesn’t appear to be any presents and we didn’t go shopping for a great big feast. Mommy says that the celebrations for New Year’s Eve happen at night. We get to stay up late to welcome the new year. I understand the staying up late part, but how do we welcome a new year?

A brand new year!

A brand new year!

Do we send out invitations to get the new year to show up? Do we put up lights and decorations outside like we did at Christmas, so that the new year can see our house and come inside? Our Christmas decorations are still there. Do they double as a new year beacon to attract the new year?

Once we do manage to get the new year’s attention, how do we make it feel welcome? Is it possible to give the new year a hug? Do we offer the new year cake and coffee, or perhaps cookies and tea? How can you tell if the new year is having a good time?

Baby standing while holding the coffee table

Does the new year want to play with me?

If we fail to make the new year feel welcome, will it leave? Would that mean that we have to live 2016 all over again? Or is it that we have to keep trying until 2017 agrees to stay? I just don’t understand how this is supposed to work.

I have so many questions and mommy isn’t giving much away. Mommy tells me that I don’t need to worry. She says that all I have to do is wait and see what happens tomorrow. That’s not very useful information but if mommy thinks there is no need to worry, I’ll try to relax about it.

Mommy did give me one bit of useful information. This year we will be going out for New Year’s Eve. I don’t know where we’re going, but at least I know that there is a car ride in store for me. I like going on car rides. I enjoy looking out the window as interesting things whoosh by.

I’ll be back on Sunday with a new post and I’ll tell you all about my experiences this New Year’s Eve. Whatever way you plan on welcoming the new year, I hope that you are successful. May the new year brings only wonderful things your way.

Happy New Year to you and your family from the little peach with her mommy and daddy.


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