With all the hype and excitement that consumes December in the run up to Christmas, it’s easy to forget that we are also nearing the end of one year and the start of another. I’d hazard a guess that not many of us are spending much time reflecting on the last 11 months, mentally cataloguing the highs and the lows. Instead, in a post festive stupor, we turn our minds to it briefly on the 28th or 29th and hastily make some resolutions for how to repeat the successes and avoid repeating mistakes in the coming year.
I’m not sure where I stand on this to be honest. Obviously we don’t want to be in a sombre state for advent, musing too heavily on things. But on the other hand I like the idea of being a bit more intentional about marking the end of a year and the beginning of another. I think it is worthy of at least a bit more of our time and consideration. This annual event isn’t exactly an every day occurrence (obviously!) so would it be considered more respectful to be less superficial about it?
Having said that, maybe I’m thinking about it too much because I can’t deny that on the whole, folk do a good job with New Years Eve celebrations. Whether it’s a special meal at home with family or joining in a party at a local pub, it’s unusual to find people not marking the evening in some form. And maybe that’s enough, to be meeting with those you love, consciously gathering to see out the old and in the new. Maybe resolutions and reflections bog down the more instinctual urge to simply mark the event and then carry on. My resolutions certainly seem to be fairly repetitive year on year, suggesting that I should be working on continual self improvement rather than just making some lacklustre changes for January before sinking back into my status quo!
The Passage House Inn have been steadily gaining a reputation for putting on excellent events over the last few years and it looks like they’ll be continuing in style this New Years Eve. They’ll be putting on a disco and in the spirit of openness and community, will be offering free entry for the night. So if you don’t have plans yet, why not dust off your dancing shoes and head down there to see in the New Year? I guarantee it’ll be a great night, full of good ale, well chosen wine, lovely people and brilliant music. What more could you ask for?
This will probably be our last post before Christmas so on behalf of everyone at the Passage House Inn, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year!