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Pretty much everyone knows this tune having heard or even sung it during some New Year's Eve celebration at one time or another. In the original Scottish dialect auld lang syne means- “old long since; long, long ago; days gone by or old times”. The tune is a traditional Scottish folk song and the words are from a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788.
The message of the song is to toast to past times with good friends. Usually only the chorus and the first verse are heard. However, it's the last verse, seldom sung, that truly captures this meaning:
Take my hand, my trusty friends,
And give me your hand too,
Let's drink to yesterday, my friends
to auld lang syne.
|Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
|A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
|New Year's Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.
|Hamilton Wright Mabie
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Retail analysts put Christmas gift returns at about $46 billion (2010 season figures). The most returned presents include games, electronics and clothing.
The breakdown by percentage is as follows.
(Percentages reflect mentions of more than one item by respondents.)
- Clothing including shoes: 62%
- Games, toys and hobbies: 16%
- Consumer electronics: 14%
- Kitchen and bath items: 13%
- Beauty, cosmetics and toiletries: 10%
- Jewelry including watches: 10%
There are other methods of gift disposition according to Consumer Reports:
After opening a gift that wasn't right for you, you don't need to experience a hassle during the process of returning or exchanging. The same goes if you need cash instead of the merchandise you received.
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|Would you pay $2.6 million to go to lunch with this gent?
(Pic from therichest.com)
You might if you had the money to burn and you knew it was time with Warren Buffet, reputed to be the third richest man in the world. That’s what an anonymous bidder paid on eBay for a few hours of lunch with him.
Mr. Buffet gives the proceeds to Glide Memorial Church of San Francisco—a charitable organization that has been feeding people for over 50 years.
(Note: This was the third highest item (behind a yacht and a jet) ever sold on eBay.)
New Year's Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday in the world. The festivities reach their peak at the stroke of midnight as the New Year begins in each time zone. The January 1st celebration goes back to the Roman Empire. Since 45 BC, the Romans dedicated the New Year to the god of Janus (who January is named after). He is the god of gates, doors and beginnings. He was always shown to have two faces one looking back and one looking forward.
Prior to that date, the Romans used March 1st to mark the New Year because it was the first month in the Roman calendar. January 1st is the first day of the New Year in the Gregorian and Julian calendars which were adopted by the Romans in 45 BC.
Long before that, there were thought to be celebrations around this time of the year because ancient people realized that the darkness wouldn't go on forever. They noticed the days begin to get a little longer and celebrated the renewed cycle of life.
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