Chocolate Stories The History of Celebrating the New Year AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate | December 13, 2018 Share this blog post by email Share this blog post on Facebook The New Year is right around the corner and we thought it might be fun to look back on how this tradition started! We love history, yes? Yes! Well, it turns out that in 45 B.C., New Year’s Day was first celebrated on guess what – January 1. This was the work of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar. One of his first moves as a politician was to rethink the traditional calendar. Fast forward to the late 14th Century when Pope Gregory put the Gregorian Calendar into play, celebrating January 1 as the first day of the new year. This wasn’t made official in England, for instance, until mid-16th Century when it was adopted by the English and the American Colonies, who until then had been celebrating the new year on March 25th. Want to know why? Read on! New Year’s resolutions are thought to date back 4000 years to the Babylonians in honor of the New Year – which also was mid-March, when the first crops were planted. Ah ha! Now you know why. Well, here’s what we’re planning to do this coming new year, add a yummy breakfast into our AM mix. Want to know what made the top of the list? Our NEW overnight oats! So easy with lots of goodness thanks to oats, chia seeds, toasted coconut, nuts and, of course, dark chocolate! It’s a yummy way to start your day. So here’s to you and yours as we mark the countdown toward 2019!