For some reason, fireworks signal celebrations, especially at this time of year. There are other ways to celebrate, that don’t send $000s up in smoke – each of them our own, in our particular time and place. Here are some I’ve seen or been part of, and of course there’s a story to accompany each one.
Stand on a stone and hold something up high. People will notice.
Put flags out.
Bake some bites and invite people over for afternoon tea.
Give someone you love a big hug.
Light a candle. (It doesn’t have to be this big.)
Share a meal with people who love telling stories – that feeling can last for years!
Dance in the park with whoever requests the pleasure.
Plant seeds and watch them grow.
Tell a funny story, then sing your song.
Get dressed up in full regalia.
Let people know you’re here. You made it! Let the fun begin.
And remember, take a photo of your unique creations, as well as events.
Cherish every one.
Have a Happy New Year, your way.
All text and photos © Meg Philp except No. 6 from N.Baltuck and No. 12 from L. Dowding
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