Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 and Lots of Joy

Wow! Here we are at the end of 2015. Reminiscing over what's happened isn't nearly as exciting as thinking of what's ahead. We all have the power to make our future brighter and better. 

 This year we'll welcome 2016 with a small party at home. The roads are icy, the snow is falling, and it is a good time to stay put. It won't be anywhere as festive as the decor from last year's affair in Sparks, Nevada.


I'm thankful for Wikimedia Commons, where priceless images are available at no cost. The 1923 New Year's Card from Engle Bros. is a great reminder why tasteful, cheery advertising is a wonderful way to reinforce a brand and establish a niche! Those clever savings weren't the rage in 1923 (I have only heard; I was not there). Business owners wanted customers to feel valued, and this wish for a prosperous new year certainly did the trick.











Children as well as adults were likely tickled to see happy elves carving a greeting in the old log. The delightful card is a hundred years old. We're privileged to share memories like this through the Internet.








Lovely paperwhites deliver greenery and a delicately scented bloom in the deep of winter. The plant doesn't question its ability to thrive.









I intend to make the New Year better with better:
planning.
communication.  
sharing.

I cherish the writers who share thoughts, recipes, and life through their blogs. It's a good part of my day. 

Here's to a wonderful 2016!
 

24 comments:

  1. Very clever way of reminding us of how much we have available. We can't even begin to imagine what others will be sharing in another hundred years.
    Happy New Year and may it be filled with many blessings!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. It's fun to imagine the positive changes for the future.

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  2. It sounds like you had a nice new years. I stayed home with my doggie and watched Ryan Seacrest on tv :)

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    1. That's a great way to spend New Year's Eve. The cat couldn't figure out why we were staying up late, but was willing to cozy up and find out why. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. Yes! I love Wikimedia Commons too! It's fun to see the old ads, and you're right. They're tasteful and cheery. LOVE the Elves one!

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    1. The elves are my favorite, too. Have a wonderful 2016!

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  4. My husband and I are wicked lame - we were in bed by 10 on New Year's Eve LOL. I am looking forward to this year, too, though. I think it's going to be awesome.

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  5. It sounds like you had a great New Year's Eve! My husband and I were sound asleep by 10 pm and were at spin class on New Year's Day at 8:30 am! :) I figured if we're going to get this year started right, we might want to start with a good night's sleep! :)

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  6. I'm definitely going into 2016 win intentions for better planning. That's one area I struggle with.

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  7. I could use some more planning, too. And that paperwhite is beautiful; I kill all my house plants in about 5 months. I have the blackest thumb!

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  8. I hope 2016 brings you all the happiness in the world! We stayed up late with the kids and watched New Year's Rocking Eve. Yep. We're total party animals.

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  9. We celebrated New Years at home too. I'm hoping for some snow here within the next few weeks!

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  10. I hope 2016 is wonderful for you. We didn't do much for new year's either!

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  11. I am a very visual and arts person. I spend way too much time on sites like Wiki Commons, Deviant Art and Photobucket and Flickr looking at all of the amazing pieces. I just adore the children playing on the card. Huge fan of vintage works.

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  12. Like Crystal, I adore the vintage pieces! I wish I had more time to browse through them all, though! Here's wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year!

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  13. I love the work. I am wishing you an amazing new year!

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  14. Love the vintage graphics. A few years ago I found a bunch of vintage holiday cards on eBay and sent them instead of the traditional cards. Wishing you all the best in 2016!

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  15. Happy New Year. You are right it it more fun to think about the possibilities a new year holds than to reflect on the time thats passed.

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  16. Happy New Year! It sounds like you had a lovely celebration. We count down to noon so that why we don't feel pressured to stay up. I'm getting too old for midnight!

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  17. Love that you can reflect and look ahead with such positivity! Hoping the best for you for 2016

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  18. Happy New Year to you. I am looking forward to 2016 and focusing more on myself.

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  19. I partied at a friends home for the NEW YEARS! The older I get the more I dont like to be out at random bars or nightclubs.

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  20. I truly love your optimistic approach to the new year ahead!! That is really the best way to go into it! Wishing you all of the very best in 2016 and beyond!

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  21. I love this post!!! Hears to a great year for 2016!

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