The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).
The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. The Romans continued to observe the new year at that time, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1st to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian calendar. It firmly established January 1st as the beginning of the new year. (In order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, however, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.)
Traditions of the season include the making of New Year’s resolutions. That tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian’s most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.
The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus who had two faces, one to look back to the old year and one to look ahead to the new.
So here’s to January. Let’s look back to the old year and celebrate the good things we’ve accomplished, and look ahead to the new year and dream about the limitless possibility of things to come.
Happy New Year from all of us at Ferda’s Garden Center.
The period of time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a strange, suspended time for us. We don’t get a lot of traffic with exchanges and returns, and our end of year clearance is not the biggest sale of the year. So we are mostly taking inventory, tidying up, and rearranging.
Patty worked all day on orders for vegetable and flower seeds. Vegetable gardening is still hot for 2011, and we’ll be adding some great new varieties for next year. We are excited to be thinking and planning for the spring, and we know that the 10 weeks we are closed will just fly by.
Watch this space for more information on what is in the works, and to keep tabs on what is happening at Ferda’s Garden Center while we are closed down.
Merry Christmas from Bob, from me, and from all the folks at Ferda’s Garden Center! We hope you have a beautiful Christmas filled with special moments and wonderful memories. The garden center will be closed on the 25th and 26th, and will reopen at 9AM on Monday the 27th for our after Christmas sale. Have a great weekend!
Bob and I are taking a much-needed breathing spell from the Garden Center for the annual Ferda Family Christmas Party (AKA the FFCP by those who are a part of it and who post photos on Facebook afterwards.) It’s the day–or the weekend, depending on which of us you are– when we focus our attention on FAMILY.
At our business it is a busy time at this time of the year, as you can imagine. But, lest we forget what it is all about, we set aside this day, as we have for more than 25 years, to celebrate the wonderful people who make us who we are– the Ferdas.
George and Betty Ferda (Bob’s father and mother) married and had 10 children. George and Betty remained in this area and continued to be a part of the community. A few of the children moved away to search for who they were (and most of them came back eventually, including Bob.)
This family is a strong one, and loving and welcoming to those of us who were invited to join. The family name is one that each of us can be proud to wear. There is strength here, and a love of God, and an awesome support system for those who need it. That’s what this day in December celebrates, and remembers, and fosters for the future.
Goerge died in 1992, right before his oldest grandson gave the valedictory speech at Buckeye Local High School. Before his grandchildren earned advanced degrees, became teachers and businesspeople and doctors and poets and servicemen and just… good people. He would have been so proud of them!
And so we celebrate. We have good food and a glass or two of wine, and we catch up on what is happening with each of us and where we are and where we would like to be. For just a few hours we take a break from the craziness of the holiday season and our places in it and just touch base, and say “thanks” to the family for being there for us, and for doing their part toward making us who we are
Merry Christmas from all the folks at Ferda’s and all the Ferda family!
Congratulations to Charmyn Doty of Bridgeport, the winner of our $50 gift card from our Holiday open house raffle! To the rest of you, better luck next year!
And speaking of gift cards, they are always a great gift idea, especially for those on your list who dream of the time they can get back into their gardens to get dirt under their nails. (Guilty! It is me!) You can buy them in any amount, they never lose value, like some bank cards and department store cards do, and they can be used on anything we sell– indoors or out, products or services– like our “We Plan/You Plant” or “Bob, the Garden Coach” programs.