The New Calendar

1 Jan

Mom once told me it was bad luck to hang up a new calendar too early. Or look through the pictures. Or Hang it open. To be honest, I can’t really remember what superstition she told me. Whatever it was, it has morphed into my own tradition of prepping the new calendar on New Year’s morning.

I used to spend a lot of time in bookshops picking out the “right” calendar that would set the tone for year. Nowadays, I order two different basset hound calendars from charities and hang one at home and one at school. The school calendar is on my desk at school,  waiting patiently for me to return next week.

I’ll set to work on the home calendar shortly. It is a bittersweet job. I get to look at the year that was as I flip through the old to add the birthdays and anniversaries I mark. There are some happy events and some sad memories that come together to give me sense of the year that was. When I have finished the writing, I will place that calendar on its spot on the kitchen wall and start building new memories.

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9 Responses to “The New Calendar”

  1. Amanda Potts January 1, 2019 at 7:10 am #

    My grandmother told me some calendar superstition, too, but I can’t quite remember what it was. And I also do the transfer of birthdays – still by hand – and get the same sense that you do of the year past and the year to come. It’s a nice way to start a new year. And I love those basset hounds!

  2. arjeha January 1, 2019 at 7:17 am #

    I also like New Year’s Day for organizing a new calendar. It is a day of reflecting on what happened over the last 360 days as well as anticipating what the new year will bring. Yes, there were/ will be good times and bad. That’s life. Hope your good days far outnumber the sad/ bad times this year. Happy 2019.

  3. Sonia Jaffe Robbins January 1, 2019 at 7:43 am #

    I’m so glad I never heard any of those superstitions. It’s eerie sometimes going through the previous year’s calendar to see notation of a movie I saw and remember nothing about it. I use a yearly datebook for important dates, and have been using the Space 17 made by Exacompta for years. But there are still wall calendars in the kitchen, in my home office, and another for keeping track of my free-lance work. I usually get 4 or 5 calendars in the mail from organizations I donate to, so haven’t had to buy one in years. And I like going through the photos to decide which calendar will go where. It is exciting to look at all the blank pages and in the datebook and wait to fill them in with whatever comes, good or bad.

  4. Terje January 1, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    I have never heard of the calendar superstitions. Your tradition of switching calendars sounds sweet and emotional. I hope you get to fill this year’s calendar with many wonderful things.

  5. Lisa Corbett January 1, 2019 at 11:24 am #

    I mostly use my electronic calendar, but still need a paper calendar on the wall to keep the family organized. I also have a weekly calendar on the fridge to organize meals. And I still never quite know what day it is. 🙂

    • Stacey Shubitz January 2, 2019 at 8:39 am #

      I have a paper wall calendar in my office too, Lisa. I only write TWT-related things on it so that I don’t miss important deadlines. Otherwise, I only use my electronic calendar.

  6. Stacey Shubitz January 2, 2019 at 8:38 am #

    Looks like a sweet little calendar!
    Speaking of calendars, someone bought Isabelle a beautiful wall calendar for her birthday. (She keeps a weekly planner on her desk, but hasn’t had a wall calendar.) I’m excited to see how she uses it.
    Happy New Year!

  7. Mukhamani January 4, 2019 at 2:48 am #

    A very nice calendar. We wish you a very happy New year 🙂

  8. Brian Rozinsky January 5, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

    My parents traditionally send me a page-a-day calendar for my birthday, and it typically arrives weeks before the new year begins. I wait to open the present and display the calendar until my official date of birth, which lands close to the New Year’s unveiling. I hadn’t thought of that habit as superstition, but it kind of is! All the best to you in 2019.

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