Latest Issue: January 2019

History of Resolutions

History of Resolutions

January 01 2019

It didn't start with the advent of gyms or fad diets or budget apps. As it turns out, thousands of year ago, at the start of the new calendar, humans were making resolutions to be better.

According to an article in Live Science, the tradition started in the Bronze Age, about 5,000 years ago, and continued a millennium later with the ancient Babylonians, who celebrated the new year in March when the spring harvest came.

Ancient Babylon
During their 12-day new years festival called Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the old king, according to At this time, people also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return items they borrowed in the last year. Their resolutions came with a threat; if they didn’t follow through, they would follow out of the gods’ favor.

Ancient Rome
Roman Emperor Julius Caesar is responsible for making January 1 the start of the new year. The Romans believed the god Janus, for whom January is named, symbolically looked backward to the previous year and ahead to the new year, so people offered sacrifices and promised good behavior during that year. There were public ceremonies and oath-takings during the first part of the day, while the second half of New Year’s Day was spent being social and giving each other gifts, according to Live Science.

Early Christians
Even in the 1700s, New Year’s Eve was a time to party. In 1740, clergyman John Wesley created covenant renewal services, more commonly known as watch night services, which took place on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, to give the spiritual an alternative to the worldly celebrations. These days were spent praying and making resolutions for the coming year and are still popular today in some Protestant churches, according to

New Year’s Resolutions Today
For most people setting goals at the start of the year now, the tradition has lost its religious angle. Most of us don’t make promises to other people or to the gods, but instead set our own goals, most of which are related to self-improvement, such as losing weight, quitting smoking or exercising more. Most of us also don’t keep our New Year’s resolutions for very long; according to only about 8 percent of people who make resolutions succeed.

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A.J. Cobb’s Ribbit the Exhibit II

Jan 01 2019

Ends in 12 days

This exhibition will feature 26 whimsical copper frog sculptures located in 18 displays throughout the gardens. Each sculpture is made from flat sheets of copper that are cut, hammered and folded in three dimensional images. A.J. Cobb uses a process which strengthens and seals each sculpture to last for generations. For more information please contact the Leu Gardens at 407.246.2620 or visit

Neighborhood Fun & Games

Jan 24 2019

11 am - 2 pm Join us for fun and games at the Pine Castle Woman’s Club, 5901 S. Orange Ave.  Bring yourself or with friends, cards and board games, and brown bag lunch and beverage.  All are welcome; suggested donation $5 per person. For further information call 407-852-1728.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Jan 24 2019

6:00 – 8:00pm The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program will help you make better decisions in your landscaping practices with tips to guide you in plant choice, irrigation practices, fertilizer applications and pest control. Includes two Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ books and rain gauge. $10.00 per Individual. Pre-Registration is required along with the non-refundable class fee. Pre-register at


Jan 26 2019

6 pm Come and join us as at the Herndon Branch Library, while we have fun with science experiments and building technology with K'NEX®, Snap Circuits®, littleBits® and so much more! Recommended for lower and upper elementary.

5K Fun Walk/Run

Jan 26 2019

8:00 am The course will go through the Lake Conway Woods and Shenandoah subdivisions. The event is a fund raiser for local charities, as well as a great neighbor meeting neighbor occasion. Last year we donated over $3,000.00 to the Russell Home in Orlando. This year we plan to make all donations again to the Russell Home. The Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando has been in continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support. The Home is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind for severely disabled children in Central Florida. Individuals $8, family $25 if registration received by Monday, Jan 21, 2019. Day of race $10.00 per person. Please come out and join us for the Walk/Run on January 26, 2019. Please Contact Shaun Smith @ C-407.758.4623 H-407.438.5845

Beardall Senior Center Monthly Birthday Party

Jan 28 2019

2 pm Come celebrate January Birthdays!

Valentine's Day Romantic Concert

Feb 14 2019

7pm – 10 pm Romance your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a romantic concert at Leu Gardens featuring Ricky and the Buzzcatz on This will be a night to remember. Pack dinner picnic full of your favorite foods and drink, alcohol is permitted, and bring seating, either chairs or blanket for this special outdoor concert. Advance Tickets on sale Wednesday, January 30, 2019! Cost is $15 plus tax general admission and $10 plus tax Leu Members (members may purchase up to 4 tickets at member prices per membership). Tickets day of, Thursday, February 14, will be $20 plus tax each, if available. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable to other garden activities. Purchase advance tickets at at Concert is rain or shine.