With 2014 just a day or two away, it’s time to get our New Year’s Resolutions ready.

Back in the Babylonian era (around 2000 B.C.) New Year’s Day would actually have been in March. We have only had the new year starting in January since the Romans. January gets its name from Janus, the double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions, one to the past and one to the future. So it is only natural the tradition of setting annual resolutions began in Rome, though with a moralistic flavour: mostly to be nice to others!

Here are the top five most interesting New Year’s Resolutions:

  • The ancient Babylonians – they resolved to return borrowed objects and pay off the their debts.
  • Medieval knights – these brave warriors took the “peacock vow” to reaffirm their commitment to chivalry.
  • Jonathan Swift – the author of Gulliver’s Travels wrote seventeen aspirations, one of which was “not to tell the same story over and over to the same people.” (Take heed some of my uncles and aunties!)
  • Marilyn Monroe – as a 29 year old, this cultural icon resolved to “go to class without fail” (take note students!)
  • Benjamin Franklin – and we end with a poignant resolution to “be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let each new year find you a better man.”

Even President Obama has set a resolution, so you can make one as well! So good luck writing that resolution and we at the Oxford Scholastica Academy wish you a very happy 2014!