December 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting
Midnight on New Year’s Eve: it’s truly a magical moment… if you can stay awake for it. Below are 10 terrific ways to count down the hours until the clock strikes 12. Some are solitary activities, some are fun for the whole family and all are meaningful ways to spend your last hours of 2016.
3:00 p.m.: Devote a few minutes to reflection and gratitude. Write down 10 things that happened in 2016 for which you are grateful. Feel intimidated about writing? That’s okay—a numbered list will do!
5:00 p.m.: Cocktail hour has officially arrived! It’s time to pop that cork or uncap that sparkling
cider. Pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary are effortless additions that make your
bubbly even more festive.
7:00 p.m.: While you’re still sitting with pen in hand, write out New Year’s notes for the people to whom you owe cards. No texts or emails allowed!
11:00 p.m.: Make a connection with someone else. Whether it’s a fireside conversation with your spouse, party chitchat with a potential new friend or a phone call to your BFF, interacting with another person is a significant way to celebrate. Robert Burns famously asked, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” We think the answer is a resounding “No!”
Children often count the days until Christmas, but adults often prefer the hope and possibility promised by a New Year. It’s our wish that these countdown ideas will make your December 31st one that’s restful, restorative and truly memorable. Happy New Year, dear readers!