Judith Grout, Author

The New Year Starts Today

Forget about January. The real New Year starts in September. The State Fair has sold its last pronto pup. The school busses roll and the elementary school doors open. It’s time to put the flip-flops, bathing suits, and beach towels in the trunk and hang the snow pants, down jackets, and mittens on the pegs in the mudroom. Bedtimes are enforced. Lunch buckets and backpacks are back in vogue.

The new year is really upon us already. And putting daily routines back in place makes those desired lifestyle changes that fizzled last February seem achievable:


So make those New Year resolutions early and get a head start on the holiday season. Haven’t seen the garden supplies replaced with twinkling Christmas trees at Walmart? Haven’t heard Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer playing over the speaker system at Macy’s? They’re just around the corner. Now all we need to do is make our new year’s resolutions last until January 1. Easy-peasy? We’ll see.