Day One – 2013

Through Sprite - A festive new beginning

Through Sprite – A festive new beginning

For as long as I can remember, celebrating the New Year is a one night celebration. New Year’s Eve is a night of parties, fireworks, ball drops and staying up past midnight to kiss your loved ones. Here in England this holds true as well.

But in the US, New Year’s Day has traditionally been a day of recovery. A day to sleep late, stay home, spend time with your family generally doing nothing.

Not so in the UK. It seems this is a two-party holiday here. I had no idea.

We had a fantastic time on New Year’s Eve, and another fantastic time on New Year’s Day. Two days of celebration to bring in 2013! What a great idea.

We were invited to spend the afternoon and evening with a co-worker friend of Brian’s. We started out at a local social club, moved on to a local pub, and ended the evening at his house with thirty or so of his closest friends. We ate great food, watched a few people drink too much, had some great conversations and talked about everyone’s plans for the year to come.

I like this tradition, and I think I’d like to carry it forward. Who knows where we’ll be? Most likely Brazil next year but we’ve learned not to count our chickens. Wherever we are, the idea of spending the first day of the year with a group of friends sounds like the best possible way to welcome the days to come.

Thank you, Kevin, and thank you Britain for this great beginning.


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8 Responses to Day One – 2013

  1. Angela
    Twitter: Acook2121
    January 2, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Peg, I love how you are tuned into things, New Year is a two day party for sure. I remember NYE being a party day/night then NEw years day a time to celebrate with family and party again, traditionally with Steak Pie in Scotland :) Has Brian told you about first footing yet? Or have you heard of it, its my favourite part of NYE … And the first footer needs to be tall, dark and handsome, even better lol
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      January 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      Yes, he told me. We haven’t had anyone over yet though! Except those of us who are already staying here. Is there an expiration date on first footing? lol

  2. Rochelle January 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    What a cool shot! Happy New Year to you.

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      January 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Thank you, Rochelle. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Paul O'Rourke January 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Really like the shot, very nice composition. Happy New Year.


    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      January 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Thank you, Paul. Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Sweet 7D January 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Peg, I am so envious of your life experiences…amazing!! On the side, your photo is a creative expression for New Years!!

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      January 3, 2013 at 1:20 am #

      Thanks! I don’t know how we got so lucky, but after some really hard times a few years ago I’ll gladly take this life we have now! We are lucky people.