Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday Words #20 - For Auld Lang Syne

Can you believe New Year's Eve is just a few days away?

One of my favorite New Year's Eve traditions is the song "Auld Lang Syne", which explains why I love the photo below oh so much. Now that I think about it, I'm not really sure if I've ever actually sung it on New Year's Eve, but I always see it in movies. And since I often wish my life was like a movie (complete with the perfect soundtrack), I love it.

Find its original source here from A Field Journal- a new-to-me blog that I'm slowly falling in love with (Oooh. I'm so bad ending my sentences with prepositions). Click the photo or the link to learn how to make that adorable banner and a couple other New Year's Eve projects.

So what does Auld Lang Syne mean anyway? And why do we sing it on New Year's Eve? Well, the first line- "For Auld Lang Syne" can be rather loosely translated as "for old times sake". Literally, "Auld Lang Syne" means "old long since."

The lyrics were written in a poem by Robert Burns in 1788. Singing the song on New Year's Eve soon became a tradition for the Scots. The tradition spread as people emigrated and is now a custom in most English speaking countries. Interesting, huh? For more info, check it out on wikipedia.

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Kim said...

I must not watch many movies because I have never heard that phrase! But I love the word banner and I've been looking for some New Year's Crafts. Thank you for the inspiration!! Happy Holidays :)

Nikki Correa said...

This post made me want to listen to the song... and now I've done so twice! hahaha so great... and if I say so myself I like the soundtrack of your life!

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