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!