I have to be honest, New Year’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I love that feeling of a new start and everyone wishing each other ‘All the best’. We tend to spend New Year’s Eve at home now, family time after an afternoon out – We sometimes eat out but more often than not beige savoury pastries make an appearance with a vat of G&T.
We do have a ritual on New Year’s Day that we just love though and we like to feel refreshed for it. A huge gang of us have been meeting up early afternoon for the past 10 years, going on a 6 mile(ish) walk. We’ve done it in all weathers, bitter cold, howling wind and so much rain sometimes that we’ve had to strip off to our underwear at the front door as we get home. We invite anyone who wants to join in – People don’t always know each other at the start of the walk but they certainly do by the end. You find kids talking to adults, adults making sure other people’s kids cross the few roads we come across safely and plenty of snacks along the way.
The people who come along vary between years, sometimes we are victims of excess celebrations the night before, but on the whole we tend to have around 30-35 of us.
And, of course, there’s a pub stop. A lovely country pub, that often has a roaring fire. (Comes in very handy for drying soggy socks!) Some of us take it easy with a warming hot chocolate, some of us hardened New Year revellers carry on with a Guinness.
We sometimes end the day with a huge party at one of our houses – a real informal affair where we empty our fridges of leftover food. Sometimes, we just end up at another pub! The perfect day!
A couple of weeks ago, I got nosy and asked a bunch of other bloggers what they do on New Year’s Day. I love the answers and the variety of ways we spend the Bank Holiday:
There are more bloggers that blow off the cobwebs and take a New Year’s Day walk, including Emma from The Cheshire Wife who braves New Brighton, Jenny from Monkey and Mouse and Simon from Man v’s Pink who walks off that hangover. Emma -Louise from Even Angels Fall starts off the day with a Bucks Fizz and walk to a special spot.
Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies combines a visit to family with a brisk walk to make up for all those mince pies consumed.
Spare a thought for Lauren from Belle du Brighton who had the early shift at work today with a 6am start.
Some bloggers even treat New Year’s Day like a second Christmas Day like Charlotte from Cups of Charlotte who spends the day at her in-laws. Deborah from Country Heart and Home and Laura from Five Little Doves also carry on the Christmas celebrations.
Hannah from Hans Plans has a get together at her parent’s church where every person takes part in a shared service. Lovely idea.
Danielle from Someone’s Mum keeps it simple with movies and keeping cosy. Also keeping a low key day is Maria from Suburban Mum and Laura from Life with BabyKicks. Emma from Me and B Make Tea likes to spend the day concentrating on the positives for the year ahead.
Kimberley from Media Mummy was hoping to engineer the day so her grandparents take over the early shift with the littlies – Hope it was a successful day!
Another traditional outing was from Lizzie from Lizzie Somerset who likes to spend NYD at Haynes Motor Museum.
Emma from Bubba Blue and Me has a brilliant day planned with a huge gathering of all their farming friends and a shared meal and party. Billed as her favourite day of the Christmas season!
Have you heard of first footing? I have through my other friends in the NE. Nyomi from Nomi Palony keeps to the tradition after midnight. Perhaps you do it yourself?
Congratulations to those celebrating birthdays on this day – Kelly from Kelly Allen Writer is celebrating herself as is Jessica’s daughter from Beauties and the Bibs. Not forgetting Dannii from Hungry Healthy Happy who is spending her first New Year’s Day as a mum this year.
Whatever you have done today, I hope it has been surrounded by the people you wanted to be near and you feel refreshed at the start of the New Year! Happy New Year to you all!