365 Challenge: Day 294 – New Year’s (LIST: Holiday)

New Year’s: the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday


Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I chose holidays and now we’re in our final week. I’ve gone with New Year’s because that’s what happens tonight into tomorrow — and it’s a perfect ending to this holiday list. Let’s explore why I love this holiday:

  • It’s a new beginning.
  • It’s a time to remember and reflect.
  • You can embrace change.
  • I love the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’
  • I have a few traditions, like holding money and ensuring the house is cleaned up with no outstanding laundry and a fully stocked food supply.
  • I have fun memories of my father and I banging pots at midnight when I was a child.
  • I live in NYC but will NEVER EVER go to Times Square.
  • I don’t really eat any traditional foods — none are very tasty from what I know of.
  • Watching the BALL drop on the TV.
  • Resolutions.
  • Off from work.
  • The possibility of a whole new approach to things.
  • A truly defining marker.
  • Hope for things yet to come.

I prefer to be at home. I have this weird moment as the ball begins to drop where I want and hope to be perfect starting at midnight… eat healthy, no drinking, say and think positive things, behave, just do everything right! As I get older, I realize that it’s not about picking a moment to change, it’s about incorporating it one by one into your lifestyle in healthy ways. But ever since I was a child, it was always a game to see how long I could hold on in the new year. Now that I’m no longer a child, though at times I like to think I am (ha!), it’s more about that breathtaking moment when the ball drops — to tell myself how lucky I am, kiss the one I love and wish for the brilliance of tomorrow. For me, that’s all about being in the comforts of home, or with a very small crowd, where it feels cozy.

How do you feel about New Year’s Eve or Day? Do you celebrate in any special way?



Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion
  • Week 33 – 37: Favorite Book Genres
  • Week 38 – 42: Holidays
  • Week 43 – 47: TBD
  • Week 48 – 52: TBD


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.


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  1. Great post! I used to be like you…”I want and hope to be perfect” but I’m learning to be happy with my imperfections and now my goal for 2018 is to continue trying to understand and learn from them!…”Wise or Otherwise” my blog post might explain it a little more. Happy New Year and every success with your book!!

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  2. Tonight, we will be at a party with some good friends. We are such party animals we will be home by 1235 (friends live in Brooklyn heights) tomorrow our neighbors have today, I will be a bit lazy, reading, working on puzzle, etc, and yes….tomorrow is clean slate!!happy new year!!!xoxoxo

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  3. Lol I’m always home or with friends for New Years. It’s never been a huge holiday for my family. As a kid we worked on a jigsaw puzzle all night and banged pots and pans at midnight and that is still how I usually celebrate:)

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  4. eh, I never felt like it was a big deal. When I was younger I would go along with others who insisted it was the most important blah blah blah. It’s just another evening with a lot of dangerous drivers. LOL. Since I got married my standard has been to spend the evening making dinner with friends and then playing games until we all go to sleep. Maybe that’s 2AM, Maybe that’s 1030. Both are equally good in my opinion.

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  5. I love watching the ball drop too but I don’t think I could handle all the crowds. I miss Dick Clark. Sometimes we have champagne toasts but this year I’m thinking not. I spend the evening getting my planners and calendars ready for the new year. We did spend one New Year’s Eve on a boat ride around San Francisco Bay and that was fun but most of the time we are just at home. Hope you, W and Ryder have a marvelous New Year, Jay. 2018 might have to work hard to top 2017 for you!

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  6. Happy New Year Jay! I hope you have a wonderful evening at home. We plan to do the same, a few friends over for Chinese food. I like having everything just right and everything done to start the new year off right. I’m a bit superstitious about it! Chat soon! 🙂 ❤

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  7. I love seeing how you embrace the new year and what you do to celebrate! My family never celebrated new year at all. Growing up we were packed off to bed at our normal times k lyrics to be woken up by the fireworks at midnight. As a teenager I rebelled and started going to parties where I would get so wasted I never saw in the new year because I would be passed out in a corner somewhere (I kid you not!) Then as an adult new years has lost its shine for celebrating but I do like the idea of starting anew and taking on a fresh set of challenges each year which is something out always try to do.

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  8. I used to go out and party when I was younger, but not for many years. My husband and I watched the shows on TV, and after the ball dropped, kissed goodnight and went to bed. Pretty boring. This year I hope to sit on the balcony at the resort I am at in Fort Lauderdale and watch the fireworks, if I don’t fall asleep. Happy New Year!

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  9. Ever since I was little I have always said I want to be in Times Square for New Years but I know that will never happen. We don’t have any traditions really the only thing we do is usually stay up until midnight because I want my New Years kiss. Although this year we didn’t stay up because hubby has been sick.

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  10. I was told as a child that whatever you did on New Year’s Day, you would do through the rest of the year. So, I ran the dishwasher New Year’s Eve and waited to do laundry the day AFTER New Year’s Day. I sure didn’t want to be stuck doing them all year! My husband and I spent some quiet time together, we had friends over for lunch, and yes, we served Canadian Bacon (A former student sent this to me from a specialty meat company for Thanksgiving, and we froze the whole thing because we were having turkey for Thanksgiving.) black-eyed peas (a dollar for each pea you eat), and cornbread casserole. We had received pastries/cookies from Italy as a Christmas gift, and this made the perfect light dessert with good coffee. We read most of the day and spent an hour watching a PBS documentary. It was certainly the perfect day, and since we did these things on New Year’s Day, we can look forward to more delightful days like this in 2018.

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  11. I too simply stay home in the quiet till the ball drops. I don’t do anything particular for the moment, but I do like the idea of using it as a moment to adopt any new positive changes (even if everyone can adopt such a change any other day of the year). Did you have a bad experience at Times Square or you just simply don’t want to be in the heart of absolute chaos at that moment? 😀

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