New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

It is that time of year again when you look back over the last year, count your blessings, try to see purpose in the pain and take account for how you did. Time to reevaluate how you are doing and what you need to do. It is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts.

And it is time for New Year’s resolutions.  I love resolutions.  I am all over them.  I am a band wagon girl; why not get on when everyone else is?

Every year I make lofty ambitions to exercise more, drink more water and sleep more.  I occasionally even attempt to limit my caffeine intact (gasp!). I resolve to be kinder, be more patient and pray more.  And this year, I am going to attempt all those things again.  I figure if I don’t give up trying, at least I won’t head in the opposite direction! 🙂

Korean New Years

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We are lucky.  We celebrate holidays from three different cultures! We enjoy all the Canadian holidays, join in a few Dutch traditions and participate in Korean festivities as well.  We are especially fortunate since most of these celebrations revolve around food!

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When we have finally recovered from the Christmas holiday bonanza and starting to feel like we could use a good reason to party again, Korean New Years approaches.

We, as a little family, always celebrate it with a Korean meal of sorts and when I am up for it, we invite the extended family to join us in a big Korean feast.  This year was the year of the feast.  There are always the perennial favourites that must be made and I attempt to make a few new dishes to keep things interesting.  Everyone brushes up on their chopstick skills, tries something spicy and eats too much.

One of the bonuses of celebrating in Canada is that we can pick a date that works for us; we rang in the new year two weeks early.  Which means of course, we can party again on the actual holiday.