Blowing Out the Old

I’ve written in previous posts about new year’s traditions like first-footing and eating lucky foods. But do you know about blowing out the old for the new year?

The idea is to throw open all the doors and windows in the house just before midnight so that the old year can blow out and the new year can enter unimpeded. Some folks limit this to just opening the back door for the old year to make its exit. (I don’t know about where you are, but it’s typically cold here!) I like the whole house method, though. Seems like you’d get an actual breeze that way!

I appreciate this image of sending the past merrily on its way. I sometimes have a tendency to hang onto the past–to dwell on things I can’t change. Words I shouldn’t have spoken. Kindnesses I’ve neglected. Opportunities I let pass me by. (Or the ones I didn’t and should have!) There’s something about the changing of the year that makes us want to hit the reset button and do better this time around.

Releasing the old junk seems like a good first step.

How about you–what would you like to see blown away from the past year?

Published by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Author, wife, child of God.

5 thoughts on “Blowing Out the Old

  1. I’m not sure I want to review the old year, but I do ken the idea of having the freshness of the new year swirl through the house. Convincing the hubs to invite the raw 19 degrees inside will be interesting.

  2. Luv this idea!! Think I’m gonna give it a try this year!! It’s been a pretty rough past 3 yrs..
    seems I’m stuck in a negative pattern that I most definitely would like to “blow out” of here 🙂 Losing a total of 5 family members
    in that length of time has really taken it’s toll on my life, yet I know God had his purpose!
    Let the breeze move it all out to begin a brand new 2020!! God Bless you too!!

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