Wishing everybody a wonderful 2013!
Overall I have pretty good memories of 2012, what with the Olympics and all, and the Jubilee, and I very much hope that 2013 will be as enjoyable and will bring to you and yours everything you want it to.
I've got my new year offerings outside as usual; I have no idea where this custom came from, or who actually knows about it or follows it, but I was taught by my grandmother always to put a coin, a piece of bread and a piece of coal outside on New Year's Eve so that throughout the coming year you will always have enough money, food and fuel.
When I was little I was given a shiny sixpence to put out, along with a piece of sliced white and a lump of coal from the scuttle. Nowadays I put out a pound or two pound coin, a chunk of the newest, freshest bread we have in the house, and a piece of coal I picked up on Winterton beach in Norfolk about ten years ago for precisely this purpose. Prior to that I used to put out a piece of wood along with the money and bread.