Emerald Valley Almanac

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve is upon us, observed with much glitter and glamour, noise and champagne. We set off fireworks, drop crystal balls, kiss our loved ones. 

But why? It’s just another turn of the calendar. Nothing really changes from one day to the next. Yet it’s been looked at as an important turning point for at least 4,000 years.

The new year symbolizes new beginnings, clean slates, a chance to start over. It also marks another year survived; here we are, still standing. We can try again, make things better, do . . .