Happy New Year from All of Us at STLRestaurant.News!
ST. LOUIS, MO/January 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) New Year’s Day is upon us and it’s the time of year when millions of people celebrate with great food and drinks and with family and friends. There are lifelong traditions that we hold on to, new resolutions that try to keep, and kissing a special someone when the clock strikes 12.
It’s a time we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in a new one with all the hope and dreams for wonderful adventures. As we head into 2017, we want to say a special thank you to all of our readers and wish you all a year full of laughter, full of love and full of good health.
We found a few fun facts about New Year’s that we thought you might enjoy!
- New Year’s celebrations actually began 4,000 years ago.
- Julius Caesar was the emperor of Rome at that time and was the first to declare January 1st a national holiday.
- Only forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year and by the second week in January, 25 percent of them have abandoned them.
- The top resolutions are to diet and lose weight, to stay fit and healthy, to become a more organized person, to spend less and save more money, and to once and for all quit smoking.
- Even though we enjoy all kinds of yummy foods at this time of year, there is a tradition to eat lots of leafy greens on New Year’s. Supposedly because legumes like beans and peas are shaped a lot like coins, they are said to bring prosperity.
The ritual of popping a cork on the champagne bottle at midnight dates all the way back to the 17th century, and it seems to be a very popular tradition since Americans drink close to 360 million glasses of bubbly to ring in the New Year.
- The yearly gathering of a million party-goers gathering in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop actually got started because of a ban on fireworks. In 1907, the first ball, weighing 700 pounds and lit with 100 25-watt lights was dropped. Today, the New Year’s ball is swathed in over 2,688 crystals, lit with 32,000 LED lights, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
- Auld Lang Syne, the song we most associate with the end of New Year’s parties was written in 1788 by Poet Robert Burns. Most people can’t recite more than a couple lines of it but understand its general message of always remembering and keeping close to our hearts our loved ones, both deceased and alive.
Have a safe and prosperous New Year from All of Us at STLRestaurant.News!!
Marty, Dave, Rich, Kara, Susan and Jacqui
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