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Gone with the old, in with the new

New year, new beginnings

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The ball has dropped, let’s raise a toast and cheer. No longer 2016, now a new year is here!

Every year on December 31, New York’s streets are crowded, around the country people are preparing special foods and singing songs like “Auld Lang Syne” to start the new year – letting go of the old, and starting new.

Annabelle Gentry, an eighth grader at Ozark Junior High School, said she had a fun New Year’s evening. “I went to an 80’s party where everyone dressed up and played games like the 80’s. I had my hair crimped and I wore neon clothing,” Gentry says.

One other thing that people do on New Year’s Eve is a greatly celebrated tradition where millions of people watch and attend is held is on New Year’s Eve  in New York City’s Time Square. Those in attendance, or watching at home on TV, wait for the final countdown for the a new year and then watch a great 700-pound ball drop.

“New Year’s to me is a chance to start fresh,” Gentry shares. “If the previous year was hard, than you can let it go and don’t have anything to hold on to in the past.”

A common saying is New Year, New Me, and Gentry adds, “Like I said before, you have a chance to click the restart button and start the year off great.”

The definition for a New Year’s Resolution is a promise a person makes for the new year. Regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve yourself in the coming year. Gentry comments that she is going to try to be nicer to people and she would like to volunteer at an animal shelter.

So let go of the past, start fresh and enjoy life.

Happy New Year! After many hours of waiting the new year has arrived. This picture was taken during the action of people celebrating the New Year of 2017!

 

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Gone with the old, in with the new