Do you have any favourite New Year's Eve memories? Any dreams of how you'd like to spend New Year's Eve in the future? This time-centred holiday is sometimes used to mark other milestones such as marriage proposals, weddings, and others spend the late hours in labour, giving birth to the New Year babies born on January 1st.

Some people really get into this night of the year, a reason to celebrate with friends, get outside and express their joy. Fireworks, sparklers, glitter, champagne and singing the traditional Auld Lang Syne can make us connect to times past, like in the film Meet Me In St. Louis.

Others opt for more low-key celebrations, such as skating, watching movies or marathon series sessions: The Crown, Queen's Gambit, Blown Away, etc. Many pull out classic board games such as like Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Scrabble and play card games.

I know someone who uses E. Frances notecards to write out happy moments throughout the year and collects them in a jar. On New Year's Eve, she makes herself comfortable and opens the container to read all the notes, which fill her with joy all over again.

The days leading up to the new year are a great time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the next one. It's a time to take stock of all we have to be grateful for, get honest with ourselves and dare to dream.

People come into the shop wanting calendars, agendas and fresh notebooks that delight them, so they can ride the wave of positive momentum. The process of writing down our thoughts, our wishes and sketching out our plans is the first step in taking those ideas in our heads and making them real in the world.

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This New Year's Eve, we wish you an evening rich in reflection, gratitude, joy and hope. To all of life's journeys yet to come! 

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2022!

December 28, 2021 — Antoinette D'Angelo

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