Is it just us, or do you also think it’s surprising that the United States government posts a list of “Popular New Year’s Resolutions” on its website at www.usa.gov. Don’t they have more important things to do (fix the economy, save the world, etc.) than to worry about how we all plan to improve ourselves in the coming year? Oh well, in case you’re interested, here are the resolutions that the government feels are most popular. (And if you go to their website, you can get links to resources for achieving your goals):

Drink less alcohol
Eat Health Food
Get a Better Education
Get a Better Job
Get Fit
Lose Weight
Manage Debt
Manage Stress
Quit Smoking
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Save Money
Take a Trip

What about you? Do you make resolutions every year? Do you keep them? Are they the same resolutions, year after year? (If that’s true, you might want to make this year you break the mold…try something new! Or take a year off…give yourself a break!)

Apparently, the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions can be traced back to the ancient Babylonians. Wonder if losing weight was a popular choice back then, too?

What sort of traditions do you incorporate around New Year’s? We’re betting pretty much everyone makes some kind of champagne toast at midnight. We love to keep New Year’s cozy with friends and family at home. Some towns shoot off fireworks. Growing up, the kids in our neighborhood always ran out on the front lawn and banged pots and pans as the clock struck twelve.

Whatever your New Year’s traditions…and whatever resolutions you attempt…we wish you all the best in 2012!