All right, here we go.
10, 9 8, 7, 6,5,4,3,2,1........HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
Well, that's still a few hours away but I bet a vast majority of you are already planning for tomorrow's festivities.
Whether it's a trip to Time Square to watch the big glass ball drop or a trip to Flagstaff, Arizona to watch the giant pine cone drop there is no lack of crazy and exciting things to do to usher in the new year.
Me, I am more of a retrospective animal on New Year's eve.
I like to update my calendar (adding the Birthdays, Anniversaries and special events that I love to share with others) for the next year.
I like to quietly reminisce about this past year's events and accomplishments and prepare for what I would like to do next year.
I make a few lists on the success's and "not so" success's of the past year, target my priorities and set a success game plan for the next 12 months.
Sure, if I can stay up late enough ( we are in our 50's after all) I'll watch some TV celebrations from other major cities (I do miss Dick Clark) and maybe even toast a few adult beverages but I am not a huge advocate of partying my ass off on New Year's Eve just to start the new year hung over like a bear.
Let's leave New Year's Eve to the amateurs.
I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the funnier and stranger types of festivities across the world.
Maybe next year we can pick out one of the crazier celebrations and join them.
1. Talca, Chile - people spend the night in a cemetery to keep company of dead loved ones. This has a kind of chilling ring to it but maybe they are getting some new year advice from their long departed loved ones.
2. Ecuador - the burning of the 'ano viejos' dummies which represent the old year is a local tradition.
Some of these dummy's are often stuffed with firecrackers and Chinese rockets.
Also, Dummy faces are masks representing everyone from the city.
3. Brazil - it is important to Jump seven waves at the beach after midnight to honor the goddess of the waters, and to bring good vibrations.
Also, you can create good luck by wearing new colored underwear, red, purple, yellow, etc- each color represents your biggest desires for the following year.
If that's not enough to trip your trigger then hop three times on your right foot with your glass of champagne in hand. This represents starting the year on the "right" foot.
4. Columbia - Walking around your neighborhood with an empty suitcase is to greet a new year full of travel.
5. Scotland - Giant fireballs on poles overhead (representing the sun to purify the coming year) are swung by the townsmen during their local parades.
If you are out and about traveling on New Year's Day remember to be prepared to be the the "First Footer."
This is the first person to come into your house on New Year's day and decides the family's luck for the rest of the year and they usually have to carry a gift for luck.
People there should eat 7, 9 or 12 times on the New Year day.
This signifies abundant food in the New Year.
However, not all the foods should be eaten, some should be left out for the ancestors and spirits who are believed to visit the house on New Year's Eve.
7. Ireland - Banging the Christmas bread on your house walls and doors is believed to chase away the bad luck and bring the good luck in.
8. Denmark - Breaking old plates and glasses against friend's and relative's doors is a sign of good luck with your friendship.
It is also highly recommended that you both stand on chairs and jump off together at midnight since it is suppose to banish bad spirits and bring good luck.
9. Spain - You have to eat 12 grapes.
The grapes are eaten at every stroke of the clock as it strikes 12 on the New Year Eve.
Each grape signifies one of the 12 months and it is believed that it will bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year.
Wearing red underwear also helps with the good luck thing.
10. Japan - The stores sell boxed meals including foods that are considered lucky, so you must have some on New Years Day.
Cleaning the house towards the end of the year signifies purification throughout the new year.
At midnight New Year's Eve you must visit a shrine to ring the bell and worship.
At Buddhist temples, the bells are rung 108 times at midnight to purify the listeners of the 108 sins or evil desires that exist in every human being.
It doesn't hurt to wear a costume to these temples or send in cards of drawings of the next year's zodiac animal which in 2014 is the horse.
They also believe that all doors must be left wide open to allow good luck to enter right before the clock strikes midnight to the New Year.
It's not a bad idea to be frugal on the first day of the New Year to set the tone for wise money management for the rest of the year.
I wonder if they use the colorful underwear trick as well?
12. Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South African - The practice of flinging furniture out the window has, in recent years, made the South African district a hot-spot for armored vehicles and police presence on New Year’s Eve.
13. Siberia - The crazies enjoy the “underwater circus,” in which ice-divers plunge to the bottom of Lake Baikal to make merry around an artificial New Year’s tree placed there. What could be more fun than freezing your gonads off in the middle of a Russian lake?
14. Peru, South America - Boxing with your neighbors to settle long-standing quarrels is the way to start the new year fresh.
15. Thailand - What could be more fun than having a gigantic country wide water fight over the course of a three day period like the folks in this country do to start off the new year?
Tomorrow is another day and with it's dawning comes the opportunity to make your life even better.
Not to sound cliche, but, what happens in 2016 stays in 2016 especially if it involves throwing furniture out of the window, punching out your neighbors or wearing red underwear.
Cheers and Welcome to 2017.
I know it's going to be a great year.
I would just like to say one more thing one more time this year............
If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too.
It's easy to tell them about it.
Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.
The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!
Thanks for joining me..........................................................