New year, old traditionsHenry County residents close the chapter on 2016 and ring in 2017 with traditions, resolutions
BY BRYCE KELLY
Mt. Pleasant News
It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016, and hello to a new year. Before 2016 comes to a close, however, Henry County citizens will be celebrating the coming change in their own ways, and making plans to begin the New Year on a good note.
For Tamara Gill, of Wayland, she says 2016 has most certainly been good to her. A full-time director of New Life House, in Wayland, which opened its doors earlier this year, Gill says 2016 has gone by fast, but has been full of blessings.
“This year, we will be having a New Year’s Eve Eve party on Friday at New Life House,” said Gill. “We thought it would be fun to open the party up to the community so people could check out all the things we’ve been doing here since we opened, so I am looking forward to doing that with the residents of New Life and finding out what their goals are for 2017.”
As to who she is spending New Year’s Eve with, Gill says she has plans on ringing in the New Year with someone else very special in her life, and hopefully make time for planning their upcoming big day.
“New Year’s Eve I am hoping to spend with my fiancé,” gushed Gill. “It’s true that this upcoming year will be a big one for us. Not only am I getting married in September, but I will also be getting a new niece or nephew in June, and my parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary in July… so I certainly have a lot to be thankful for in 2017.”
Gill says a New Year’s resolution at the top of her list will be to “build and deepen her relationship with Christ even more,” and says she wants to make a promise to herself to read the entire Bible over the course of 2017 from Genesis to Revelation.
And while Gill says she doesn’t have any set New Year’s Day traditions, such is not the case for Peggy Knudsen, of Mt. Pleasant. According to her, a long-standing tradition in her family is to celebrate on New Year’s Day with a traditional Danish pastry.
“We always make Aebleskiver on New Year’s Day, and usually pair it with homemade ice cream,” said Knudsen. “All my kids love it and it’s one of those fun family traditions that we share together.”
Aebleskiver, also known as ebleskiver, is a traditional Danish dessert that looks like round, puffy pancakes. According to Knudsen, authentic Aebleskiver is made in a special type of pan, and is a family favorite around the holidays.
As to her New Year’s resolutions, Knudsen says spending more quality time with her family is always on her list.
Jeff Meyer, of Mt. Pleasant, also has one particular New Year’s resolution, which he says he recommits to every year, but says as far as celebrating the entrance of 2017, he plans on simply spending the weekend with his family and friends in the local area.
“My New Year’s resolution is undoubtedly to make the most of every day,” he said. “Sometimes I have to remind myself to make the most of each day when I get tired or work gets stressful. However, I do really think it’s so important that we make the most of the days we’ve been given.”