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Share memories of New Year's traditions

by jmaloni
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 07:00 am

The Historical Society of North German Settlements will have as the theme of its annual January Memory Meeting, "Customs around the New Year."

This will be the first of the winter afternoon meetings, beginning at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Wheatfield Community Center, next to Town Hall.

"What we are looking for are the things people did before Guy Lombardo started us singing 'Auld Lang Syne,' " according to Wilma Lass, secretary. "If you don't remember, perhaps at some time an older relative told you something that would add to our knowledge of what used to be," she explained.

"Even if you have only a single, small memory, it would be a piece in the jigsaw puzzle that provides a picture of what the past was like," she said.

Some questions to consider are: Was there noise at midnight? Who made it and how? Were there special foods served, and when? Was it "before midnight with family, after midnight with friends," or even "early for religion, later for fun? What were the customs between Christmas and New Years? Who took down the Christmas tree and when? Were there different activities among German farmers and those living in the city?

Everyone is welcome; visitors don't have to be German. Refreshments will follow the discussion. For more information, call 731-9905.

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