Tag Archives: New Year

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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Popular Superstitions of the Winter Season: 1840

POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS OF THE WINTER SEASON From: Saturday, December 26, 1840; Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (Portsmouth NH) page 2 Associated with Christmas and the New Year are many of the popular superstitious rites and ceremonies of former times, … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Resolution Makers 1914

RESOLUTION MAKERS From: Portsmouth Herald, December 31, 1914 Any weakling can make resolutions. It needs a strong man to keep them. That is perhaps why New Year’s resolutions are so often futile. The strong do not wait for high days … Continue reading

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