Jenilee Wirtz

Baby New Year

In Holiday on December 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm
I cannot deny my love for anything chubby and cute.  I’ve always loved Baby New Year but recently realized that I don’t know anything about the little cherub’s history; enjoy! 🙂
“The tradition of a “Baby New Year” is said to have started in Greece around 600 BC. In celebration of Dionysus, god of wine, a baby in a basket represented the annual rebirth of the god as the spirit of fertility. An obvious correlation, today Baby New Year symbolizes the young year, and old Father Time reminds us how the year has aged. However, it was the 14th century Germans who are credited with having a New Year’s banner with the image of a baby as a symbol of the New Year (Thanks Jeanne Benedict for the info!).”
Here’s to a productive 2011 to you and yours. 
I hope you bring in the New Year with a celebration, just as this Baby New Year would.

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