Lucky 2021 is indeed a time for hope and a time for change. Yes, this is the year when everything should change? At least we at Dentistry for Children hope so. Without regret, most of us will gladly leave 2020 behind, the year of COVID-19, with its masks and restrictions.
So, to 2020, we simply say, “Good Riddance” and “Thank Goodness for the hope of Lucky 2021.”
Celebrating the Bright and Lucky 2021 New Year
Here at Dentistry for Children, we celebrate the Lucky 2021 New Year with plans and resolutions to help protect you and your family’s dental health throughout the year. Likewise in this blog, we will deviate from our usual blog topics. And we offer you this Lucky 2021 blog with a wink and a smile.
Instead, we will explore certain aspects of what we call “being lucky.” To some of our young patients, this might be equal to finding an extra tooth to leave for the tooth fairy–or at least extra money from her. But luck is more than that.
Celebrating Lucky 2021
Yes, many Americans and others around the world are ready to celebrate with decorations, fireworks, and parties. We’re ready to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” declare our New Year’s Resolutions and do all of the wonderful things that go along with the New Year. However, for this new year we know we still have to exercise some caution concerning safety with the reigning world pandemic.
- Still, this is the perfect time for us here at Dentistry for Children to wish all our staff, clients, friends, and associates a very Happy and Lucky 2021.
- As we say every New Year’s Season, here at Dentistry for Children, we would feel remiss if we did not share with you, our best wishes for the coming New Year.
- We wish you good fortune, good fun, and good finances for 2021. Likewise, we hope Lucky 2021 brings you and your family Health, Wealth, and Happiness–and good, strong, bright teeth!
New Year Wishes from a Poem
As we have said in previous years, we hope the New Year brings you plenty of time to enjoy the magic and mystery of life, time to reflect, and time to rejuvenate. We opened our top-secret file of dozens of New Year’s poems and sayings, to find you the perfect 2021 wishes. And we found many!
Finally, we chose a few favorites to share in this New Year Blog. And yes, we have shared some of these wishes in previous years. But they are still timely and perfect for 2021 wishes.
In the words of Neil Gaiman’s New Year’s Poem, we say:
“May your coming New Year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
May you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful.
And don’t forget to make some art–write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
We love the above Lucky 2021 poem and we hope our parents and care-givers realize it is for them as well as our young patients.
Lucky 2021: New Vaccine and New Hope
Another Happy New Year joy all healthcare professionals are feeling is the joy in the new COVID-19 vaccine. In the US, doctors and pharmacists are distributing the life-saving vaccine even as we publish this blog. We are indeed blessed.
Do you know that most vaccines doctors usually take from 5 – 10 years to develop and approve vaccines through the various health and testing programs? Yet, we have miraculously accomplished this “Warp Speed” program in less than one year. Is this Luck or Dedication? Of course, we believe it’s dedication and hard work. And we send kudos to the heroic scientists who have given us the vaccine and are making it possible to face a bright New Year in 2021.
A Few Cautions for Lucky 2021 from the CDC
Even after getting the vaccine, you might have to be careful about some of the restrictions for COVID-19. For example, if you travel, there might be places that have other mandates than in Florida. So, follow the rules of the CDC:
“The safest way to celebrate winter holidays is at home with the people who live with you. Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.” And they add,
- Wear a Mask,
- Stay 6 Feet Apart,
- And avoid Crowds.
New Years History and Celebrations
Did you know that celebrating the New Year has an almost 4000-year history? In fact, the celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays.
“It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.” Additionally, “The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days.” Wow, that’s celebrating. There must have been some real “headaches.”
One thing that almost all celebrations have in common is hope for the future. And to guarantee that future, certain lucky traditions have developed.
“Being Lucky” in 2021 and Can We Improve Our Luck?
We all are aware that “Being Lucky” basically means that good things or bad occur to us. Of course, debates have always raged. Is good luck simply superstition or is it preparation and hard work?
Naturally, we can’t be certain. However, it certainly couldn’t hurt to look at certain factors that large groups and cultures believe including:
- Eating certain foods guarantees wealth or luck.
- Additionally, special actions at or near the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve may provide good fortune in certain areas.
Ways to Ensure Your New Year’s fortune
- New Year’s Day Food: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise.
Can what you eat on New Year’s Day really change your future? If you have doubts, my mom could have told you. She must have firmly believed that black-eyed peas, greens, and corn bread were the keys to health and wealth. And I would add that all the New Years I can remember, that is what she served.
- This is close to the same menu that many southern families adhere. One variation adds pork and rice to the black-eyed peas. This menu promises “experience luck and peace for the rest of the year.”
- In Spain and some Latin American countries, one New Year’s tradition is to eat 12 grapes. That means “one for each month of the coming year, to secure prosperity. Sounds easy?
Here’s the challenge: you need to eat one grape with each bell strike at midnight. The favored way is to take a bite, then swallow the grape halves whole. A glass of bubbly afterward might help to flush it all down.”
The Stroke of Midnight: The Right Action to Take
There are also several suggested actions that produce pleasant results for the New Year:
- The tradition to kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s Eve is a long-standing tradition. It is said to bring luck to your love life. “Kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and you will have a year of luck in love.” This is the advice of writer, Joanne Wannan in her book “Kisstory: A Sweet and Sexy Look at the History of Kissing“.
- The Scots add one pleasant aspect to this scenario. The idea is to kiss everyone in the room.
- Also in Denmark, people stand on their chairs and leap into January at midnight. The purpose is to bring good luck and banish bad spirits. That sounds like a good idea!
Final Take for 2020
Here, at Dentistry for Children, we can’t guarantee these traditions of luck will keep all tooth demons away. Therefore, we recommend that you brush and floss diligently and see us for recommended checkups. Only then should you consider some of these other traditions for possible luck.
As for whether or not the superstitions of New Year’s Foods and Lucky traditions bring you good fortune in Lucky 2021–Who Knows? As Shakespeare pointed out,