But instead of clinking champagne glasses, the Duggars will be sending their New Year wishes heavenward. As mom Michelle writes in her TLC blog this week, “Our midnight tradition is to pray in the New Year. About 15 minutes before the New Year is here, we’ll start taking turns going around the room praying and giving thanks.”
Since their celebration includes their 19 children, plus Michelle and husband Jim-Bob, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and assorted family members and friends, the old year will already have passed by the time all the prayers are said.
The other thing you won’t see the Duggars doing much of is making New Year’s resolutions. While some of the family might think about dropping a few pounds, Michelle says that their holiday is more of a time for spiritual renewal.
“[T]he focus is really on growing and drawing closer to God,” she writes. “When we do that, I think things fall into place the way they should.”
This must surely be a difficult month for the family; last December, Michelle was expecting another child when she suddenly suffered a devastating miscarriage. But they relied on their faith and family to see them through the worst of the pain.
Perhaps, then, it’s only appropriate that they spend the last minutes of 2012 in prayer and thankfulness.
What about you? Do you add a spiritual element to your New Year’s Eve?
[Photo: via TLC]
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