As a kid what I enjoyed most about new Year’s Eve was trying to stay awake until midnight.  My parents always gave me the opportunity, but my heavy eyelids usually got the better of me well before the new year arrived.  If I remember correctly eventually when I was 11 years old I managed to reach the finish line and was able to cheer with the rest of my family. 

When I woke up the next morning my dad asked me if I wanted to make a New Year’s resolution. At that age I had no idea what a New Year’s resolution was and after he explained to me, I said that I would fight less with my older sister.  This got me a big smile and a pat on my head from my dad. Unfortunately, the resolution lasted only until after dinner when I got into an argument with my sister about who was going to do the washing up.

As I got older I realised that a New Year’s resolution is a decision to or not do something and to try to accomplish a personal goal.  When people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves.

As adults we often make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, lose weight or break one or more of our bad habits.   Kids make resolutions to do their homework, keep their rooms tidy and come along with their siblings.

Some interesting history about New Year’s resolutions.  New Year was first celebrated 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. The Babylonians did not have a written calendar and they observed the start of the new year in late March with the arrival of the spring season.

January is named after the Roman god Janus, and the ancient Romans imagined Janus as a two-faced god – one facing backwards and the other forwards.  Janus was the guardian of arches, doors, gates, beginnings and endings.

The Roman calendar went through many changes as different emperors came to power.  The Roman Senate declared that the new year would begin January 1st, but when Julius Caesar took the throne the calendar was adjusted accordingly.

New Year’s resolutions tradition began during the reign of Caesar, at that time New Year’s resolutions were of a moral nature, such as being kind to others.

Our New Year’s resolutions can be so easy and simple, things like volunteering at an animal rescue organisation, helping out around the house  and being kind to your friends, teachers and family members.

By enrolling your children at First Touch for football training on Saturdays and/or Sundays, will give you the opportunity to have 2 hours free to possibly achieve one of your New Year’s resolutions.   

Bear in mind that it takes work to keep a New Year’s resolution, and do not worry if you slip up once or twice.  Stay committed to what you want to accomplish and you will be proud of yourself in the end.

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