another year


Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and the sixth day of Christmas. We are readying ourselves for our favourite way of celebrating, a quiet evening with close friends over good food and interesting games, rather than parties or clubs, with a bottle of champagne ready at countdown. I suddenly wish I could take up an old Finnish tradition I remember from childhood – pouring molten tin into snow and reading our fortunes from the shapes.

Some brave folks may be even going for a Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day, though not us! Or maybe we would if we had a sauna by the lake, like many Finns.

To be honest, I always feel sad New Year’s Eve because another year passes, how quickly time passes. Yet I appreciate that we celebrate surviving another year and live with the hope that a fresh new year will bring a better world. And here in the north, we also celebrate the passing of the darkest days of the year and await the slow return of lighter and warmer days.

A big thank you for your support to everyone reading this. I wish you many new successes, new joys, good health, peace and contentment, and abundant creativity. Hauskaa Uutta Vuotta! Bonne année! Allen ein frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year!

December 30, 2006 in Being an Artist, Culture by Marja-Leena