Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!



Well the holidays are winding down but we have one more special night to enjoy.  Us cats don't know what all the fuss is about tonight but it sure is fun to partake of the festivities! We will be right with Mom and Pop to watch the ball drop on TV! 


This is what the ball will look like tonight. For 2011, Waterford Crystal has designed 288 new “Let There Be Love” crystal triangles featuring a romantic pattern that blends a modern cascade of hearts with diamond cutting.

Here's some info on the origin of the ball drop - The actual notion of a ball "dropping" to signal the passage of time dates back long before New Year's Eve was ever celebrated in Times Square. The first "time-ball" was installed atop England's Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833. This ball would drop at one o'clock every afternoon, allowing the captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers (a vital navigational instrument).
Around 150 public time-balls are believed to have been installed around the world after the success at Greenwich, though few survive and still work. The tradition is carried on today in places like the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, where a time-ball descends from a flagpole at noon each day - and of course, once a year in Times Square, where it marks the stroke of midnight not for a few ships' captains, but for over one billion people watching worldwide. (From the NYC Times Square.org site)



With the theme "Let there be love" in mind we want to wish you all a New Year filled to the brim with love, laughter, hugs and joy.  See ya in 2011! With love from all of us.


    38 comments:

    Lucy the Cat said...

    We wish you a very warm and happy New Year! You all look so cozy and happy and loving!

    Interesting about the history of the New Year's ball. Also, I had no idea how beautiful it is and the design behind it.

    Looking forward to our continued friendship in 2011!

    Harry Spotter said...

    Love all the photos. WE wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

    Hannah and Lucy said...

    We thank you for your New Year wishes.
    We would like to wish you all a
    furry Happy New Year with lots of love and gentle headbutts.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

    Marg said...

    WE sure do wish you a very Happy and Healthy New year to all of the critters and beans too. We know it is going to be a fun filled year. Take care. Stay warm.

    Old Kitty said...

    Aww what a brilliant way to welcome 2011!!! Me and Charlie would like to wish everyone at Cats of Wildcat Woods a super and memorable New Year!!!

    Enjoy and cheers! Take care
    x

    Jacqueline said...

    Love your sweet photos!...We are very grateful for your friendship this past year, precious friends...We wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year filled with love and joy...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

    Cara n Crew said...

    Happy New Year from all of us!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

    Sammy and Andy said...

    Happy New Year, sweet friends.

    We look forward to visiting back and forth with you in 2011.....and we purray that you will be greatly blessed in 2011.

    We love y'all very much.

    Brian said...

    We are so happy to be blessed with your friendship! Happy New Year to all of you from all of us!!!

    The Island Cats said...

    We wish you all much happiness for 2011!! We'll be hiding tonight under the bed!!

    Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

    We wish you and all the kitties a veyr happy new year. We hope 2011 has great things in store for you.

    Kea said...

    A very happy new year to you all! We hope 2011 brings an abundance of laughter, joy, success and love!

    Anya said...

    Happy New Year!!
    We wish you a joyful life
    full of healthy, happiness and pleasure :)

    Hugs Love Anya

    Kareltje =^.^=

    Betsie =(^.^)=

    ABBY said...

    What a wonderful blessing we feel from having your furfriendship -- may your coming year be happy healthy and fulfilling!

    ♥♥♥
    purrin
    xoxox
    ♥♥♥

    Admiral Hestorb said...

    LOOK at all of you beautiful babies! My mommy would LOVE to lay down with you and smother you with kissies.

    She about kisses the fur off of ME for pete sakes.

    Happy New Year sweet ones.

    Noll's Nip said...

    It's a pretty ball. I wish it was a tinkle ball! Happy New Year!

    Catherine said...

    Happy New Years Kitties!
    xo Catherine & Banjo

    Sparkle said...

    I had no idea about the New Year's Eve ball history! Of course, I have never seen it drop because my human is never home at midnight on 12/31 and our TV is actually not hooked up to begin with! Have a happy new year!

    A few Good Cats said...

    We wish you and your human staff a happy 2011 with lots of good things from all of us Good Cats (and our human staff too).

    Jan's Funny Farm said...

    Happy 2011 to all!

    Mr Puddy said...

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY !
    ALL THE BEST FOR 2011

    XXXXXX
    PUDDY

    PS : Thanks so much for History of New Year's Ball

    Caren Gittleman said...

    thank you so much for such an informative and interesting post!!

    This was fabulous!

    So happy to be your friend and look forward to another wonderful year!

    Happy New Year!

    d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

    Happy new years you guys! What a sweet cuddle pile!!

    Katnip Lounge said...

    We love LOVE! You guys do it so well.

    Happy New Year!

    Yr pals, The Katnip Lounge Kitties

    meowmeowmans said...

    Happy New Year! We love you guys, and hope 2011 is filled with much happiness and good health.

    Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

    Happy New Year to yoo all!

    Kimo and Sabi said...

    Happy New Year 2011!

    The Creek Cats said...

    Happy New Year

    The Creek Cats and Maggie May

    Au and Target said...

    Happy New Year you kitties! Interesting history, that ball. Thing is, can we cats play with it???

    Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

    Sounds like you enjoyed a cozy new year's eve! I'm happy I found your blog this year -- wishing you and your fuzzy felines a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! xx

    The Cat From Hell said...

    That is soo cool about the balls! The brat is obssessed with them right now....

    OKcats said...

    That was very interesting about the ball dropping - we had never heard that! We hope that 2011 is a great year for you all!!

    Gracie =^o.o^= said...

    Hope you had a fun holiday time and that this new year is filled with fun, friends, family, good health, and lots of love!

    We love Luna said...

    I wish you all a fabulous 2011, lots of love and good energies!
    purrs and love
    Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

    Sammy and Andy said...

    Us boys and mama thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes. We love y'all lotz and lotz.

    Miss Kitty said...

    Greetings,

    We hope that you all had a wonderful New Year celebration and are just recovery from all the fan fair.

    Thank you for sharing with us the history of the NY Ball, it was very interesting.

    Wishing you all the very best for 2011.

    Warmest regards,
    Miss Kitty and Egmont

    Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

    We hope you all had a nice New Year. There a people around here that shot guns and firecrackers, and it scared us. Bob and Patrick were in the basement because they are so afraid of the firecrackers that go way up high.
    Oh, well, it is over until July!!
    Happy New Year!
    ~ Malachi

    Cat with a Garden said...

    Happy New Year to you!
    We had no idea about this ball drop tradition, so it was very interesting to read about it's history.

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