New Year’s Guide

by Seasonal Wisdom on December 26, 2011

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Get your New Year’s off to a great start with these entertainment tips, along with fun historical facts and wonderful vintage cards from Riptheskull on Flickr.

Vintage holiday card

Happy New Year’s! Or, Is it? Around the world, countries have celebrated the start of the year at different times throughout history. Sometimes cities in the same countries even had different days for New Year’s. Learn more strange facts about New Year’s Day in this Seasonal Wisdom post.

vintage cards

Healthy New Year’s Eve Meals: Don’t want to fight the crowds, but would prefer a delicious meal at home? How about Rack of Lamb with Warm Apple and Lentil Salad? Or, Seared Steaks with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola? These healthy New Year’s Eve recipes from have lots of delicious menu ideas for the big night.

holiday cards from earlier times

Worth Bringing Back in Style:  If you’re nostalgic for old-fashioned but elegant ways to celebrate the ending of the year, this delightful article from the Huffington Post provides 10 Glamorous Old-World, New Year’s Entertaining Tips.

New Year's Day card

Lucky Foods for New Year’s Day: Some foods are considered very fortunate to eat on the start of the year. This interesting feature from Epicurious describes various lucky foods and provides recipes for foods that bring good fortune in the new year.

Happy New Year vintage card

Make a Toast to Wassail: Don’t forget to enjoy a cup of this very old drink, which has influenced our culture in more ways than we often appreciate. Learn more about wassailing and a strange January tradition of toasting the apple trees.

New Year's greeting card from the past

Wishing You A Happy New Year: However you decide to celebrate the start of the year, we hope you have a very peaceful, prosperous and happy 365 days. Thanks for visiting Seasonal Wisdom and look for more stories about gardening, food and folklore all year long.

old greeting card

Old Man Time is pushed out the door by the New Year’s angel.

See more Riptheskull vintage cards.


Emmon January 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

Just seeing the artwork now. I’m captivated by the Good Luck shot, the beautiful script, which you don’t really see anymore. Have a wonderful 1st week of the new year!

Teresa O'Connor January 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Thanks Emmon. As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of these old vintage cards. They reveal so much about our history. Happy New Year to you! Teresa

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