Is it really New Years Eve 2010?

Most mornings I wake up and think out loud "What day is today?" And on the majority of those mornings, when my feet hit the floor, I'm hoping its fall, after the humidity of the summer and before the bitter chill of winter.  We all know how this ends... it's winter and it's cold, so I still find it hard to believe that the Christmas holidays have come and gone, and 2011 is knocking on the door.

In 2009, Doug and I started the tradition of having cheesecake with blueberries.  Last year, we purchased the cheesecake and this year I made it myself.  While the recipe was simple to follow and one I had made before, it came out a little brown across the top.  To disguise the browned top, I made a quick sour cream topping.  But I digress...

In my earlier years, I found it fun to go out and celebrate with all.  But these last two years it's been about the one person I'm with while ringing in the New Year, rather than out with the masses.  It's not what you're doing, it's who you're with when the ball drops and I consider myself extremely fortunate and blessed to have a partner who not only knows me,  but who also understands me.  And one who believes in creating our own traditions.

Tradition is defined as: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction.  While I still wake up hoping it's warmer outdoors than the temperature dictates, I know that the traditions we create today, even one as simple as eating cheesecake at midnight,  is something that we will carry on through the years while we develop our own ways to celebrate our holidays together.

So, I ask you, what are you doing this year to welcome in the 2011? Is it something traditional or something new? Either way, I wish you an abundance of happiness and health as you ring in the New Year! See you next year...