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Flock Only: Why New Year’s Eve Doesn’t Matter (and Why Everything Else Does)

By Jasmin Singer — December 26, 2013
Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals

Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals

Dear Flock,

Mariann and I were just discussing New Year’s Eve, and the need (and expectation) to celebrate it. Now, mind you, it is certainly an event I have always celebrated — and I’ve said (at least five times today) that we need to figure out what we’re going to do on December 31.

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(3) Readers Comments

  1. Suburbansnowwhite
    December 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I loved this! I've never been big on New Years, not for any reason other than it's cold. One of my students introduced me to the Iranian New Year, which takes place in the spring. (I think it was Iran.) Celebrating the New Year in the spring when everything is coming back to life (in my own latitude, at least) makes way more sense. Loved Mariann's perspective. Made me laugh out loud. :)

  2. December 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Yes - great post! I, too, have always hated the pressure of figuring out "what to do?!?" on New Years Eve. Mariann's comment made me laugh. But it also made me think of what some people, myself included, say to someone who is complaining about being a year older on their birthday: it beats the alternative! Let's be thankful to be alive and healthy enough to work to make the world a better place for animals (and people) in 2014 (and hopefully well beyond). I have no doubt that in this upcoming year more and more people will become educated on the issues (certainly thanks in part to OHH!), connect the dots, and then take action to change their behavior in ways that benefit animals, their health, and the environment. And as you said - it's not so much what we do on Dec. 31 that really matters - it's what we do all year long. (Like putting so much planning into a wedding when it's just one day and what matters is the relationship!) Life is indeed too short and time is precious. Whatever you do, spend your New Years Eve doing anything that will make you happy and then you can't lose! Happy New Year, Jasmin & Mariann and the rest of the OHH team!

  3. January 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    what a great post! And so true! Thanks, Jasmin and all the best for 2014.



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