Wishing a happy 2011 to all

| December 30, 2010
A capacity crowd celebrated late into the night at last year's Voice-Tribune New Year's Eve Soiree.

A capacity crowd celebrated late into the night at last year's Voice-Tribune New Year's Eve Soiree.

Whew, holiday festivities galore!

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or your own special holiday, December is a whirlwind of activities. Restaurants are filled to capacity, friends graciously open their homes to spread good cheer, and the days seem to run shorter because there’s too much to do.

After weeks of preparation to ensure everyone on my list is contented, then comes New Year’s Eve! Many traditions include gathering with loved ones and counting down the seconds until the ball drops in Times Square, and then creating an array of resolutions that typically last about as long as the holiday season. We all tend to reflect on the previous year that has so quickly passed and begin to make adjustments and set goals for the new year that awaits.

For most of us, resolutions consistently revolve around diet, exercise and weight management. Or should we call it a lifestyle change?
New Year’s Eve parties are all about energetic music that makes us want to dance all night, sumptuous food, and wine and champagne toasts until the stroke of midnight.

NYE 2010

NYE 2010

The new year is the mark of a new beginning and fresh start for all, followed by a much mellower scene on Jan. 1 with the Rose Bowl Parade and countless college football games on television.

No matter what your tradition may be – whether you host or attend a celebration or just sit back and take it easy – one tradition is true for all: We use this time to spend with family and friends with hopes of more cherished times together and health and happiness for all our loved ones.

For me, this one will be bittersweet. I am fortunate to have so many compassionate, creative, colorful, lovely, fascinating, charming and beautiful friends in my life. It is with a heavy heart I write that someone dear to so many will not be here to celebrate with us.

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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