New Year Celebration Factoids

* The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare Jan. 1 a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be fitting.
* Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are: losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
* Be sure to eat leafy greens on New Year’s Day. Tradition says that the more leafy greens a person eats, the more prosperity he/she will experience. Tradition also says that beans bring prosperity because beans and peas look like coins. No wonder why so many people eat black eyed peas on Jan. 1.
* Approximately 1 million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. Thanks to technology the current ball puts the old one to shame – today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LED lights, weighs in at 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
Happy New Years from our families to yours!