Did you Know? New Year’s Ball

When the New York Times newspaper offered to ring in New Year’s 1905, replacing the annual gathering outsideTrinity Church, the church elders were delighted to deliver the drunken revelers to a new home. And when fireworks in the city were banned in 1907, the idea of a sphere in the spirit of a ship’s ball used to mark time was hatched. Made of wood & iron, the ball weighed 700 pounds and was lit by 100, 25 watt bulbs.

New York City

Since 1907, there have been 6 versions of the New Year’s Ball, the latest designed in 2007 to mark its 100th anniversary. This ball is 12 feet in diameter, covered by 2668 Waterford crystals, lit by 32,276 led lights, and weighs a whopping 11,875 pounds!

Click here for a fun, short history of the New Year’s Ball. (video)

Latest from the Nut Room workshop:

New Year Tree in the Kingdom of Feeyell, setting for the upcoming Elswith the Witch Fairy Tale series.


Fun Facts about New Year’s:

People have been celebrating New Years for 4500 years, that is a super duper long time! First place was Babylon, Mesopotamia, which used to take up a big part of the Middle East.

In Italy, many folks wear red underwear on New Year’s Day because they believe it brings good luck. Germans eat cabbage because it looks like money and might bring riches.

In Canada, a lot of people jump in the water on New Year’s Day and become automatic members of the Polar Bear Club. Yours truly is one. The hard part was not the North Atlantic, it was running barefoot across the icy sand—so cold, it burned!

Just for Kids:

Click here to color your very own Kingdom of Feeyell New Year’s Tree.

Looking forward to a bright, shiny New Year full of love:
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