Marking the end of a year

Published: December 13, 2013, 11:37 am, by Jen Mulson

newyears-yogaEvery year I tell myself I’m going to get it together, and do something ultra awesome on New Year’s Eve. Something that will signify the ending of a year and kick off the new year in an auspicious way. And no, that no longer involves drinking myself into oblivion, and starting the new year with a daylong hangover. No thanks.

But every year, for the past few, I’ve only succeeded in being ultra lame and winding up in bed, wrapped in as many layers as possible, by 10:30 p.m.

Last year, I attempted to create my own goodbye and hello ritual. I wish I could tell you exactly what it was, but I cannot. This year, I’ve found the antidote to that forgetfulness: The burning bowl ceremony at Unity Church in the Rockies. As part of it, you get to write a letter to yourself about what you want in the upcoming year, and the church will mail it to you in July as a reminder.

I’m curious. How do you mark the end of a year? Do you have a special celebration or ritual of your own? An event you attend? Let me know: