On January 1st, 1939, Adolf Hitler gave his famous New Year’s Day speech to Germany.

I watched the video coverage of the New Year celebrations on my computer and admired the sparks and the German way of celebrating. There were smiles on the faces of young boys, and young girls danced away in awe of their General.

The next scene got me thinking; it showed a few German soldiers with their families happily laughing.

Nine months later, on September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland unexpectedly. This marked the beginning of World War II.

For many of those smiling soldiers (and wouldbe soldiers), New Year’s Day, 1939 was the last they ever celebrated with their families and friends. A few of the soldiers must have seen the war coming. They must have known it would last a while, and they must have known it just might be the last moments they would spend with their families.

Think about it for a moment…

How would these soldiers have celebrated the New Year?

What would they have been grateful for? Would the hugs have been the same?

Would the way they carved the turkey be a lot different than the year before?

How would they have behaved everyday for the next nine months?

It’s been 80 years since then and we now are in another new year season.

Imagine it was 1939, and you’re a Nazi soldier prepping for World War Two, would you have celebrated New Year differently?

What would you have been grateful for? How would you have behaved since then?

Sometimes, in such a season as this, we tend to get used to the same old season doing the same old things with the same old people. We could get so used to the activities that we treat the people in our lives as less important.

The people we love are the reason we celebrate at all, not the celebration jamboree.

Yes! You love your families and friends (except there are problems you need to sort out, in which case, stop reading, get it sorted out and continue reading later. You’ll still find this article here when you get back, I promise).

This time around, make the celebrations about them and make them feel as special and as appreciated as you hold them in your dear, loving heart.

It starts from the little things like buying that one gift they’ve always wanted or crafting a special thank you note.

While the New Year Day celebrations ended at 11:59pm on January 1st, the year continues, and those same old people are still in your lives. So take the 1939 German soldier attitude with you through the year, and make showing gratitude the new norm.

Thank you, and have a happy new year.

PS: If you want to make a Thank You note, contact Rhodetails. You’ll have one more reason to be grateful.