When I was a child, it was common in rural Ireland, to return to the owner, any objects that had been borrowed during the year. I recently discovered that this tradition goes back 4000 years to the Babylonians.
The Romans began each year by making promises to their god Janus - after all the month of January is named after him. The Romans believed that the two-faced god Janus symbolically looked backward into the previous year and ahead into the future, so they made promises of good forward in the coming year.
The early Christians marked the new year by resolving to do and be better in the future.
Today most New Year resolutions are attempts at changes in lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc., and research shows that very few people manage to continue them throughout the year.
At deBlaca, our only resolution is to continue to create beautiful pieces of jewellery throughout the year, and we wish all our customers and readers of our blog a year full of joy and fulfilment.