Posted by ESC on January 02, 2005
In Reply to: New Years Resolutions posted by Fred on January 01, 2005
: : Every year, at this time, there is a rush to define behavior improvements and new commitments and resolutions to correct everything from weight, eating habits, to relations with in-laws. I stopped smoking 15 or so times as a result of these 'resolutions'. (Till it finally worked 20 years ago)
: : When did this start and is it done all around the English speaking world?
: Reminds me of Mark Twain's line: 'Giving up smoking is easy ... I've done it hundreds of times.'
Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/holidays/newyears/newyears.asp has a list of New Year's superstitions. The common theme is that what you do on the first day of the year will influence the rest of that year. So, I am guessing that is how resolutions became associated with Jan. 1.