Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hailing another great Year of our Lord,
Roman style

As the year has turned, I marvel how quickly January has rolled around once again.  Looking at the phenomenon that is the New Year, I’ve learned some interesting things about our calendar’s early days.

The month of January was named after Janus, the Roman god of new beginnings, fitting for the year’s debut.  In ancient times, Roman coins showed Janus with two heads, one looking forward and one looking backward.  True to this history, New Year’s remains a time to look ahead to the unknown and to look back at the last year.

I’m so blessed to look back on the past year or so and know that the real God has guided us through the financial and economic turmoil.  At the same time, I’m excited to look ahead to what God is going to do.  We are much more than our jobs and checking accounts, though we’re thankful to have them both.

Here at CrinkledNose.com, we look forward to the holidays, weddings, graduations, new babies, birthday parties, and all the other special events we’ll welcome in 2012.  This year we’ll unveil our new user interface, which will give you, our customers, terrific new options for selecting and previewing your cards before you order.  “Easy” is about to get even easier!

We also look forward to potential new relationships with other hospitals like Children’s of AlabamaOur campaign this year raised more than $6,000 for Children’s, and these funds will go directly to support their mission of helping kids get better.

As 2012 unfolds, we are grateful for the opportunities our New Year will bring, and anticipate without worry the challenges that always lie ahead.  To quote Matthew’s Gospel, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself.” 

In January we’ll see the past, present and future, all rolled up in one calendar month.  And speaking of calendars, we’ve got those too.  As quickly as the past year has passed by, we’ve made some great new designs to help you welcome the New Year and its coming months with special photos of your family, pets and favorite vacations with our magnetic, personalized photo calendars.

What the pagans run after, we thank God for providing, our confidence resting in the surety of His profound love.  The Romans gave us their monthly measure, but we have a stronger hold on our time here and the confidence we have for the future.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” – Psalm 20:7

We’re excited about all we’ll have to celebrate this year.  We don’t actually have any pagan holiday cards here at CrinkledNose, but we have recently introduced New Year's cards.  We appreciate the Roman Empire for giving us January, and the names of our other wonderful months.  We’re also grateful for central heating, our legal system and the three-course meal, and we’ll enjoy their benefits throughout 2012.

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!  :)

~ By Ben Fineburg, CrinkledNose.com Creative Director

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