Tag Archives: New Year

New Hampshire Tidbits: Old Toasts and Traditions of the New Year

Tradition is interwoven with the changing of the year. On New Year’s Day it is common to bid farewell to the old and to welcome in the new with an optimistic perspective. For a brief moment at the striking of … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago: WWI and the New Year (January 1918)

In most New Hampshire places newspapers were not published on New Year’s Day, however many were printed on New Year’s Eve 1917, and January 2, 1918. The following compilation is gleaned from those publications. New England was in the grip … Continue reading

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2017 — New Hampshire’s Hourglass Has Turned

The hourglass has turned; the last few sands That marked the Old Year now have slipped away, And in his outstretched hand the New Year holds The future of a twelvemonth’s span. Then hail New Year! We bid thee welcome. … Continue reading

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The Death of the Old Year, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1842)

The Death of the Old Year Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1842) ———————————– Full knee deep lies the winter snow, And the winter winds are wearily sighing; Toll ye the church bell sad and slow And tread softly and speak low, For … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Old Time Christmas Traditions and Decorations

In New Hampshire’s early days, Christmas was celebrated in a much quieter and sedate manner.  The early New England immigrants were stern opponents of what we consider today to be our usual Christmas pastimes. Even up until the 1870s Christmas … Continue reading

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