I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions. You likely won’t hear me talking about losing weight, getting more active or eating healthier — even though I’m sure that’s something I need to do.

I’ve never been one to say, “New year, new me… this year, I’m going to do XYZ.”

When New Year’s Day strikes, it isn’t some magical day that’s going to change anything. Whatever you were doing, and wherever you were in life is going to continue.

Can you make changes, or have goals and work towards them? Sure. But it doesn’t have to be the start of a new year for you to do that.

Sure, I stayed up to midnight, counted down the new year and said, “happy new year” on New Year’s Eve, but its just for the fun of it all. I’ve never quite understood the celebration. It’s just a new day.

Apparently, new year’s celebration and resolutions started some 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians.

According to history.com, “They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the New Year — though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted. During a massive 12-day religious festival known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed.”’

Today, most new year’s festivities begin on Dec. 31, the last day of the Gregorian calendar. It was Julius Caeser who instituted Jan. 1 as the first day of the year.

For me, I typically watch the Times Square Ball Drop in New York City, a tradition that started in 1907.

The New York Times began the new year’s celebrations in 1904 with fireworks displays, but on the third year, changed the celebration to the ball drop.

It was estimated that 200,000 people attended the first ball drop ceremony in 1907.

In recent years, millions of Americans ascended to Times Square to watch the tradition. However, this year, most Americans watched the celebration at home on their television screens, even New Yorkers, as no spectators were allowed in Times Square. The only other times the Times Squares’ streets were bare for the celebration was twice during World War II.

On New Year’s Day, I saw many people eating the traditional New Year’s Day meal of black-eyed peas, collard greens, pork and cornbread.

According to popular folklore, peas and beans symbolize coins or wealth while greens resemble money and pork is considered a sign of prosperity in some cultures.

I also didn’t take part in the traditional meal.

I’m superstitious at times, but I don’t think a meal is going to do much for me other than give me a full stomach.

There are so many other new year’s superstitious such as not washing clothes on New Year’s Day that I’m happy to take part in, not necessarily because I believe it though.

Regardless of how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day, and if you make new year’s resolutions or not, I hope you have a healthy, wealthy, prosperous new year.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com