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Celebrating The New Year With Crafts and Traditions

January 5, 2010
by Lynn Stola

In Hughesville, over the holiday break the Ashkar School Age Child Care celebrated the upcoming New Year by creating 2010 Festive Glasses. They presented a uniquely set of decorated glasses to Ashkar secretary Mrs. Kay Sholtis. Smiles were evident on the faces of Mrs. Sholtis, Classroom Assistant Effie Bitler, and all of the children as they proudly displayed their glasses. Compared to the usual excitement when school is in session, the office and hallways were very quiet. Mrs. Sholtis was appreciative of the special visit to brighten her day.

Many people throughout the world celebrate the New Year in different ways. Decorating houses, preparing special food, creating party glasses, hats, and favors, singing songs, making New Year Resolutions are just some of the traditions that are enjoyed. In the United States, people enjoy football games, colorful parades, and the ultimate experience of staying up late to usher in the New Year.

Whether you enjoy the night at a special event, or stay home with family and friends, New Year's Eve is always a special occasion. Billions of households from all over the world tune in to Times Square in New York City and sit entranced watching the fantastic event of star-studded musical performances, lights, confetti, honking horns, and feeling the experience vicariously, all connected to a special night, with people from all over the world.

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Pictured in the back row are Classroom Assistant Effie Bitler, and the children who presented Ashkar secretary Kay Sholtis (seated) with her own uniquely designed 2010 Glasses.

The New Year's Eve Ball has descended every year since 1907, except two wartime years (1942 and 1943) when the city was under a "dim out" decree, and the event was suspended. Over the years the ball has changed in style and size. The 2009 Waterford Crystal Ball, crafted by artisans from Ireland is a 12-foot geodesic sphere, and weighs 11,875 pounds. Compare that to the Asian Elephant who weighs between 6,600-11,000 pounds.

Each year there is a different theme for the ball. This year it is "Let There Be Courage Triangle". Each 2,668 panels will display a special icon depicting a different badge of courage design, such as Cures for Cancer, and Wishes for Soldiers to Come Home. At the Waterford factory, the sides are cut on both sides, allowing for a better refraction of light. It will have the capacity to produce a palette of more than 16,000 colors and patterns.

Amid the popular sounds of Auld Lang Syne, enjoying the multitude of hugs, and kisses, we will all soon be counting down 2009 and welcoming 2010.

Happy New Year!

 
 

 

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