Ringing in 2012

After I wrote the blog title above I started to wonder why we use the phrase “ring in the New Year.” I have always said it. But never wondered why until today. Enter google. Apparently it came from England and the ringing of church bells. But more specifically from a Tennyson poem (1850) Called “Ring out, Wild Bells.”

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

This year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Hmmm… Yes. I like it. Very good stuff Tennyson. I’m relieved to know that my favorite New Year’s phrase comes from a good source.

This year, as we let old 2011 go, we went with the simple celebration. Appetizer food, board games and a fire in the fireplace. This year I added a fun little touch by making up an envelope to open each hour. Inside the envelopes were little strips of paper with instructions for fun activities such as making party hats or taking awkward family photos.My sister and brother-in-law were good sports.

Awkward Example #1
Awkward #2
Cute. But still awkward.

-“Hey Calvin, guess what, I like you. Giggle.”

I think this Twilight attempt wins the awkward contest hands down. Although Erin does look quite pretty.
Last but not least, we sisters end with awkward middle school poses.

 So yeah. After we put the kiddos to bed we made cookies and played Catan until 2012 came rolling in. And I had so much fun.

Happy New Year Ya’ll.

Oh and by the way. Our baby comes home this year!

About the author

Erica

Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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