Holiday traditions continue after Christmas with the beginning of the new year. An exciting way to restart and refresh, resolutions are common this time of year. We did some research on where the actual tradition of New Years Resolutions came from, and discovered some cool facts.

The History of New Years Day

Dating back to early Christians, the first day of the new year became the traditional occasion for thinking about one’s past mistakes and resolving to do and be better in the future. In 1740, the English clergyman John Wesley, founder of Methodism, created the Covenant Renewal Service, most commonly held on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. The night included readings from Scriptures and hymn singing, as an alternative to the celebrations normally held to celebrate the coming of the new year.

New Years Resolutions Today

Despite the tradition’s religious roots, New Year’s resolutions today are a popular tradition among people around the world. Most people make resolutions to themselves and usually include self-improvement in some way. Focusing on self growth is always a good practice, no matter the time of year.

New Years on The Outer Banks

A trip to the Outer Banks can re-energize your soul. Spending more time with family in a vacation home can also be the key to improving not only yourself but cultivate lasting family memories.

Maybe improving your health is on your list. A long beach walk or climbing the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park can get your heart pumping-all while on vacation!

No matter your resolution, we wish you good health and  prosperity in the New Year!