My Not So Wild & Crazy New Year’s Eve
My New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the years have been predominantly calm however, I do recall a few eventful nights out on the town or at home with family and friends. As a child I remember the neighbors coming over for a little party, lots of noise, laughter, card games, food, libations and of course fireworks and cheers at midnight. A few years ago, my husband and I flew to Biloxi, MS, stayed at a nice hotel/casino, and attended a concert on NYE, which was FUN! Other times we have gathered at the homes of friends or family to ring in the New Year. When my son was young, we typically went out as a family to dinner and a movie; my husband and I continue with that tradition unless we gather with friends at someone’s house. All were enjoyable and I have been blessed with beautiful memories of fun times.
However, one of the most important traditions of my New Year’s Eve as a Catholic is to attend Mass, as January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. I am ashamed to say that in my younger days I looked at this “obligation” to attend Mass on NYE as a disruption of my nights activities. With maturity comes wisdom (thank goodness) and I now realize the importance of ringing the New Year in with what I consider to be the right way to end the old year and begin the new.
Last night, New Year’s Eve 2014 I attended Mass at the Church in which I was baptized and have attended for fifty two years. I arrived early, relished in the beauty of my small town Church adorned with Christmas decor, gave thanks for all my blessings, asked forgiveness for my shortcomings, said prayers for all those I care about as well as those I do not know, and just enjoyed the quiet moments. For me this is better than any list of goals I am setting out to achieve (even though I have one) or a party I wish to attend or getting back home to my popcorn, cozy jammies, and a movie. Yes, I have come to appreciate simpler things these days and from doing so my life seems to be filled with so many things to be thankful for. Therefore, for me, last night’s hour in Church was most beneficial and gave me the strength, humility, and faith I need for my everyday life as well as a certainty that I was exactly where I needed to be on New Year’s Eve.