Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Ring in 2013 with a few things you probably didn’t know about celebrating a new year.
Here are a few fun facts about celebrating a new year that might stay with you longer than your resolutions: 1. The first New Year’s Eve ball was made because of a ban on fireworks. In 1904, the owner of the New York Times threw a huge New Year’s Eve party with an enormous fireworks display. This became a tradition -- hence the Times Square party every year -- until 1907, when NYC banned fireworks. So that everyone would have something pretty to look at when midnight struck, a huge ball was made out of wood and iron and illuminated with 100 light bulbs. That first ball weighed in at 700 pounds, but that’s nothing -- the current Times Square ball tips the scales at 12,000 pounds, and is made of Waterford Crystal. 2. The most popular New …
Here are some practical tips to help you keep your resolution.
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Tuesday, January 1
Are you making a resolution to start 2013? Want to lose weight, learn a new skill or organize your house? Whatever your resolution is, here are some tips to help you stick to it throughout the year. 1. Make it attainable. Be sure that your resolution is attainable. Sticking to your monthly budget is attainable—making a million dollars may not be. 2. Tell everyone. If you tell everyone about your resolution, you are more likely to keep it. If you want to quit smoking, you can even go as far as telling your friends that you'll give them $50 if they catch you lighting up. 3. Be specific. If you want to get fit in the new year, set a specific goal. For example, instead of saying you want to get fit, say you want to lose 10 pounds and tone your…
Tell us whether or not you think 2013 will turn out to be a good year
We survived a hurricane, reelected a president, cheered Olympians and mourned shooting victims in 2012. What will 2013 bring? We'd like to know your thoughts on the year ahead. What do you hope for? What do you dread? Do you hope for the best and expect the worst? Or maybe just take it one day at a time. Tell us what comes to mind when you anticipate 2013. Vote in our poll and add your thoughts in the comments section below. While we're at it, here are some tips for keeping your new year's resolution.
Dr. Jane Goodall will lead the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade when it kicks off at 11 a.m. eastern time on New Year's Day
The Tournament of Roses Parade kicks off the new year on Jan. 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. eastern time and will be broadcast on NBC, ABC and the Hallmark Channel. The parade lasts about two hours. The theme of the 2013 parade is "Oh, The Places You'll Go" as inspired by a Dr. Seuss book. This year's grand marshall will be Dr. Jane Goodall. The parade dates back to 1890 when, to celebrate California's mild winter climate, the Tournament's founders and Valley Hunt Club members, Dr. Francis Rowland and Prof. Charles Holder, created a floral festival patterned after the "Battle of the Flowers" in Nice, France. It was initially a modest procession of flower-covered carriages with afternoon "games" including foot races, tug-of-war contests and sack races…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Check out a list of Lehigh Valley restaurants and attractions open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Discover Lehigh Valley blogger Jason Stershic has a handy list of restaurants and attractions open Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. If you have a local business or eatery, Patch invites you to add your New Year's hours and specials in our comments section below. Pennsylvania wine and spirits stores in Lehigh and Northampton counties will be open until 8 p.m. New Year's Eve.