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New Year resolutions are no modern fads and Techie in his wanderings stumbled onto some interesting facts about the New Year. "The are 356.4 days until 2008!" says the bright and happy page at http://wilstar.com/holidays/newyear.htm which also has some easy to read stuff about the history of New Year. Did you know the first holidays were celebrated with gusto by the Babylonians 4000 years ago? So parties were quite an ancient pastime. The Babylonians partied and made New Year resolutions and the resolutions were really different from what we promise to do today. In those days they promised to return borrowed farm equipment. Makes you wonder what kind of a life they lead, doesn't it? Janus, the two-faced Roman god, also had a part to play in this if the site at http://www.goalsguy.com/Events/n_facts.html were to be believed. It also says, "The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for 11 days." Ours sure pales in comparison."The first day of a calendar year is one of the world's oldest holidays," says the Kansas City library page at http://www.kclibrary.org/guides/localhistory/index.cfm?article=read&articleID=335. The page is a treat with it lovely illustrations and clutter-free appearance. Annie's New Year History Page at http://www.annieshomepage.com/newyearshistory.html says, "In early times, the ancient Romans gave each other New Year gifts of branches from sacred trees." The simple style is endearing and will encourage even very young readers to go on till they finish. Inspired by the Babylonians those who would like to make some resolutions of their own is the http://www.saferchild.org/resolutions.htm that has some sound advice. Their "Tips for Success" simply rocks!


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