Posted by: christinelaennec | January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

Dear All,

Thank you so much for reading my blog and leaving your wonderful comments during the past year.  Thanks for your friendship!  I used to think the phrase “online friendship” was very odd and now I understand better.  I wish you all an excellent 2012, full of happiness, health, good cheer, and love.

Here comes 2012!

I like this poem by Tennyson:

A New Year’s Poem

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rimes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Personally, I like the idea of “the Christ consciousness,” because it’s one that I have encountered in different faith traditions.  I take the last line of the poem in that spirit.  I do hope that 2012 “rings in” more peace, truth and justice.

Happy New Year to you!

(Don’t forget that you still have a few hours to enter the giveaway for the book of Amish proverbs.  I’ll be choosing the winner tomorrow morning.)



  1. Happy New Year to you and your family dear Christine. I loved the poem you posted, just as all the messages you write everytime.
    Have a wonderful day and fingers crossed for that wonderful book you have in the give away !

  2. Happy New Year to all of you, I love this poem too and your photo is stunning as always.
    I am looking forward to many wonderful posts from you in 2012.
    Fondest best wishes, Heike xx

  3. A very happy new year to you!!!
    May you have peace and blessing 🙂

  4. I am sure that 2012 will be a good one for you and yours.
    I forgot to say previously that the art work produced by your daughter is amazing and do hope she carries it on.
    Thanks for your kind words – I needed them today! Good job the hair dresser is shut or I would be bald now.

  5. Happy New Year Christine, for you and all of the family….Hope this will be a better year for the Dafter …..
    Hugs and thanks for your motivation the past year….
    Erna xx

  6. Happy New Year to you and your family, Christine! I, too, understand about the friendships formed across “the airways” of cyberspace. My husband tries to tell me these friends “aren’t real” but I know better. I may not have met you all in person but you’re “real” just the same! I pray God’s richest blessings for you and yours this 2012…

  7. Christine, love the photo, love the poem. a very happy new year to you and your family.

  8. Happy New Year to you and your family!
    I couldn’t believe in online friendship, too, until I experienced it myself and now I have friends in different parts of the world!


  9. Your lovely comments at my blog and your insightful writing was one thing that made 2011 better for me! Thanks and Happy New Year, Christine!

  10. Happy new year to you too! May the Dafter bounce her way back to health.

  11. Happy New Year!
    May it be full of knitterly bounce and joy 🙂

  12. Such a beautiful poem and so ‘timely’ no matter when it is read. I do believe in on-line friendships and you are proof. A beautiful year to you and your family. xx

  13. Bliadhna mhath ur! (from the deep south!)

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