“I Will Eat Deliciously”
Did you know that people have been making New Year’s resolutions for thousands of years? The ancient Babylonians, who observed the start of the new year in March, the time of rebirth, made promises to the gods and pledged to pay their debts and return borrowed objects. In return, they hoped that the gods would be good to them in the year to come. And, the ancient Romans offered sacrifices and made promises of good behaviour to Janus, the god of beginnings, at the start of each new year. In fact, the month of January was named for the two-faced god Janus, who looks back for reflection and forward to new beginnings. New Year’s Resolutions were also made during the Middle Ages when knights would renew their vows to the ideals of chivalry during the annual end-of-the-year “Peacock Vow”. A great feast would be held with a roasted peacock as its centerpiece, and each knight would place their hand on the peacock and make his vow.
The first concrete mention of New Year’s resolutions can be found in a January 2nd, 1671 diary entry belonging to English religious author and autobiographer, Lady Anne Halkett. She recorded her pledges under the title “Resolutions” and derived them from Bible verses, such as “I will not offend anymore”. In 1740, the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, held the first Watchnight service on New Year’s Eve, that included singing, scripture readings, as well as reflecting on past mistakes and making a commitment to do better in the coming year. And it was on January 1st, 1813, that the full phrase “New Year’s resolution” was first mentioned in a Boston newspaper article. By the beginning of the 19th century, the tradition of making (and failing to keep) New Year’s resolutions had become common practice.
Today, the custom of making New Year’s resolutions is largely secular; people make promises to themselves, not to their gods. And according to research, very few people are successful at keeping them. Now CrACKLES has one New Year’s resolution that we guarantee you can keep…eating deliciously. And CrACKLES can help you do just that. With so many choices of delicious crisped rice and marshmallow treats - Cookies ’n Cream, Cookie Butter, Chocolate Lovers, Pretzel and Dark Chocolate, and more - you will have plenty of deliciousness to last throughout the year.
Happy New Year from the kitchen at CrACKLES!