Ten years ago, I celebrated New Year’s Eve with a festive group hosted by Graeme Napier at Westminster Abbey in London. We had a sumptuous meal which we had all pitched in to help cook. Afterward, we processed around the abbey community performing some of the rituals from the Scottish Hogmanay celebration. Before midnight, Graeme led us up twisting stairs to the roof of the abbey’s northwest tower from which we watched the fireworks and spectacle of the crowds below. The night ended with a group rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” in the nave.
This year, with the temperature hovering in the single digits outside, I’m staying in and reflecting on the past year. Of course, the biggest event was our wedding which brought together and joined our families and closest friends. I finished a few woodworking projects and published a book. We traveled to San Diego, Chicago, New Orleans, and all over the Midwest visiting family. All told, 2017 was a good year for me personally.
As the clock strikes midnight, I’m hopefully optimistic that in the coming year our country will return to a path of civility, decorum, compassion, and neighborliness.