Rest and Renew: Alternative New Year’s Day Traditions

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Like many folks during the holiday season, I throw myself into doing all I can to make meaningful memories: from spending quality time with people I love, to searching for the perfect gifts, and researching charities. But once the whirl of the holiday season passes, I know that it’s important to take a step back and make sure that my priorities are still in balance. My favorite way to reconnect with myself and the world around me is by taking a New Year’s Day hike with my closest friend, nothing compares to exploring the winter woods with snow creaking beneath my hiking boots.

But hiking’s not for everyone, and it’s certainly not the only way to reconnect and rejuvenate yourself; there are tons of things that you can do in a single day that can have an impact throughout the year!

If you love to cook, why not try out a challenging new recipe or spend spend an afternoon crafting a multiple-course feast? Surprise your nearest and dearest with a very vintage recipe from Edwardian Cooking – or if a cake is more your speed, bake up a treat from Vintage Cakes.

Love to pamper yourself? Consider having a spa day with friends, treating yourself to a massage, or sleep in and treat yourself to a New Year’s brunch. The New Year is a great time for a new look — you could spend the day trying out vintage hairstyles from Style Me Vintage: Hair. Or, if you just want to relax, curl up with that book you’ve been meaning to read — like One Simple Change — and spend the day curled up in your PJs.

If you’ve resolved to learn something new, take a skiing or snowboarding class or grab the Show Them the Ropes Yarn Ball and a knitting or crocheting book, or try out the Wool You Be My Friend DIY Panda Kit.

Get in touch with your creative side by writing a poem, drawing a picture, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, plan out your novel with the Ready, Set, Novel! Writer’s Workbook.

Whether you head out for a hike, curl up with a good book, or plan a brunch for your closest friends, planning a rejuvenating New Year’s Day tradition is the perfect way to set a positive tone for the year ahead. How do you plan to spend New Year’s Day this year? — By Jamie, Customer Care Advocate

About Jamie

Jamie loves reading and writing, and she's especially fond of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She also enjoys RPGs (both tabletop and console), crocheting, baking, and hiking, and she's passionate about unicorns, tea, flannel shirts, novelty socks, and William Shatner.

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One Response to Rest and Renew: Alternative New Year’s Day Traditions

  1. Vicky 12/20/2013 at 8:20 am #

    I like the sleeping late and Edwardian Cooking idea! Rejuvenation is always needed after the hectic holidays…

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