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Medieval New Year resolutions used to 'predict future'

If you made new year resolutions you are following in a tradition that dates back to medieval times.

Dr Catherine Rider has researched the subject for her book Magic and Religion in Medieval England.

Resolutions in medieval times "were concerned with... making plans for the future," she explained. "But they did that by trying to attract good luck, or trying to predict particular things in the future, rather than just by making resolutions as such."

Exchanging of gifts, for example, was "designed to give you good luck."

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