It’s that time when many are thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Ever wonder how the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions came about? Most of us probably don’t give it a second thought…we just make them because it’s fun and the American thing to do, right? But how many of them do we actually keep?
Touted as the “oldest of all holidays,” this particular celebration actually was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4,000 years ago. And every country seems to have its own special way of celebrating the exit of the old and the entrance of the new.
Julius Caesar changed the New Year on the early Roman calendar from March 1 to January, a month named after Janus. Janus, a mythical king, was known as the god of gates, doors and new beginnings. He had two faces, one reflecting backwards on the past and one gazing forward to the future, the Romans believed. The custom of noise-making, also associated with the New Year, goes back to an ancient practice of using loud noise to drive away evil spirits.
But what about the “resolution” part? Well, that’s the really illusive part.
Fleeting references are made about resolutions on the New Year to return borrowed things, make self improvements etc. However, the making of formal resolutions reflects the more modern outlook of recognizing the control we have over our own lives and our own ability to change things. But there just doesn’t seem to be any exact year or specific person to whom the custom of New Year’s Resolutions can be attributed.
As “moderns,” are we any more successful at controlling our bad habits by making our New Year’s Resolutions than the ancients were at dispelling demons by making loud noises with horns, bells and other devices? According to statistics, NO.
Why? It’s simple. When making our New Year’s Resolutions, we create too many goals and try to make too many changes at one time. We quickly are overwhelmed and our New Year’s Resolutions fail almost as quickly as they began.
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