2023- I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Eve and all that it entails.  I’d much rather snuggle up for the evening with the one I love most, with a big bowl of popcorn and watch a classic movie, such as the one I share every year at this time, “When Harry Met Sally.”  Post a comment and tell us how many times you’ve seen Harry and Sally find their way to each other.  As we move forward in to a new year filled with hope for new beginnings and world-wide healing, we once again share this post.  Cheers!

New Year’s Resolutions

Having never been one to make New Year’s resolutions (I’ve always thought that if I’m going to do something important I better get to it, not wait for the New Year and then spend a year worrying if I’m living up to my self-made promises) I’m not about to start this year.

When Harry Met Sally

Instead, I started thinking about all things New Year’s Eve which led me to the movie “When Harry Met Sally” and that wonderful New Year’s Eve scene when Harry asks Sally about the meaning of Auld Lang Syne.  It’s a classic scene and if you are among the few who have never seen the movie, I might suggest you spend your New Year’s Eve watching Harry and Sally bumble their way through finding each other.  You won’t regret the time spent.

To answer Harry’s question I did a little research and found the following. The traditional song for ringing in the New Year, in almost every English-speaking country in the world, is Auld Lang Syne. This new year song is generally credited to Robert Burns, but earlier versions of this ballad precede his time. Burns combined a common Scottish folk song with his own lyrics to arrive at the version commonly sung on New Year’s Eve.

Auld Lang Syne

Take a couple of minutes to listen to this beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne sung by Maeve McKinnon.  It touches my heart each and every time I listen to it.  I hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

So, what is the actual meaning of this New Year’s Eve Song? It’s a tale about old friends who have parted and meet again. To celebrate their long friendship, they share a drink together and reminisce of memories from long ago. The basic message is that we should not forget our old friends and should celebrate a reunion with them.

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne!


Should old acquaintances be forgotten,

And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,

And days of long ago!


For old long ago, my dear

For old long ago,

We will take a cup of kindness yet

For old long ago.


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