A few years ago my friend Jen introduced us to a new New Year’s Eve custom: The making of an effigy, things you want to leave behind with the change of the year, and the burning of said effigy.
I am quite proud of my effigy this year. I used my “Imaginary boyfriend” bumper sticker for the body, cards that The Pilot had given me for arms and legs, and, of course, a picture of him for his head. Then I filled his body with other things I want to leave behind me (car troubles, sick kitty) and other bad things that happened this year (getting laid off). There’s a penny I pressed in Tahoe for The Pilot in his hand. I had a card I had bought him, that’s where the plane comes from.
I can’t wait to burn this thing.
See some other great effigies here.
(Edited to add:)