According to History.com that "Ringing in the New Year dates back 4,000 years to the Babylonians, who celebrated it at the first full moon after the spring equinox and that Julius Ceasar made January 1 the first day of the year in 46B.C., but England and its American colonies wouldn't do the same until 1752."
Most people take this opportunity to make resolutions to change things in their lives but resolutions alone are not enough to make these changes. So, instead I am doing things a bit different - I'm using this opportunity to reflect on the past year. What things were good - I have another beautiful grandchild and my husband was able to retire and join me over in Arkansas finally. Remarketebly, it was a good year. So, here is to 2017 - may it be everything that you want it to be with God's blessings! But remember, it takes effort to make "change" happen.
Happy New Years!