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December 16, 2008

Why do we Make New Year’s Resolutions?

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Why do we make New Year’s Resolutions??

When I wonder why we do what we do, my first instinct tells me to look at history.

From www.heb.com/mealtime/celeb-newYearTraditions.jsp
I learned the following:
New year’s resolutions. The ancient Babylonians began the idea of New Year’s resolutions as a way to start the year off with a clean slate by returning borrowed items.

Then from:

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/39353

I learned this:

The tradition of the New Year’s Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

A clean slate?? Forgiveness of our enemies?? It’s amazing how much hasn’t changed in over 2000 years.

Before we examine the multitude of reasons why we make New Year’s Resolutions in 2009, take a few minutes and look at the sources of historical information about this unique tradition.

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