Hogmanay, a word derived from the old Norse language, became the major winter celebration once the Reformation outlawed Christmas in 16th century Scotland. Hogmanay remains a huge party to this day, though the prohibition against celebrating Yule was lifted in the 1950s.
For many, this part of mid-winter is also a time to pause and reflect on the waning year and on plans and goals for the coming year. In the darkest days of winter, it’s refreshing to turn our attention to new starts, opportunities and possibilities.
I’ve had a great year writing and releasing two new titles, and spending time with friends old and new. I’ll be thrilled if the new year brings more of the same for me and whatever you wish for to all of you.
Wherever you are, whatever your celebratory spirit of choice this evening, I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!