"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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Across the globe there are many different things that people choose to do in order to celebrate the new year. Personally, I will be spending time with my family as this is something precious that we don't always get time to do. I know that everybody has different ideas of the perfect way to spend new year, so what is yours?