For those who’re studying this, let me begin by congratulating you for making it by means of 2020. In accordance with knowledge scientists on the College of Vermont who studied social media knowledge courting again to 2008, this yr was certainly the worst of the last 12 years. I’m not going to rehash all of the explanation why as a result of we’re all nonetheless residing it in actual time, however I do need to know: What are you doing to ship this yr off and ring in what we hope is a brighter 2021?

In our home, we’ve historically had a New Yr’s Eve celebration with delectable treats, a giant crowd, and loads of cheer. Clearly that’s on pause this yr. We’re going to have a masked board sport night time with one couple who’ve been in isolation for all of December.

We’ll be having fun with a lasagna with recent pasta sheets, Ina Garten’s Outrageous Garlic Bread, and Samin Nosrat’s caesar salad from Salt, Fats, Acid, Warmth. 

I’m even going to put on denims, or as we name them now, exhausting pants. 

I had severe doubts we’d even find yourself making it to midnight, however we’ve determined to slug it out collectively so we will see this yr off as soon as and for all. 

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I thought of a sage burning ceremony, however I’ll depart that to the Native communities. I’m not sending 2020 off with cultural appropriation! However I do assume this requires some type of cleaning ceremony. We’re contemplating a “burning bowl” the place you write down the worst of 2020 and burn it as soon as and for all, leaving it behind. Unity has more information on burning bowls and the idea of utilizing them to let go. Will this do something to ease the ache and anxiousness of 2020? Maybe not, nevertheless it definitely can’t harm. 

In order that’s our plan for tonight. Are you staying dwelling in pajamas? Will you make it till midnight to ring in a hopefully brighter yr? 

Tomorrow we start anew. And I’m looking forward to a brighter day.