Crenwinkle (Crosley’s genius brother who runs the Night Buddies Headquarters) wants to know: What’s the deal with New Year’s resolutions? How did they start, and do they really work? He sent John and Crosley on a Program to the Burrough library. Here is what they have discovered so far.

First, Crosley wanted to know what exactly a resolution is. The friendly librarian showed him how to look it up in the huge dictionary that sits all by itself on a big stand. He found that resolution is a noun that means “the act of resolving.” Yerk! That didn’t explain much. The librarian suggested he look up resolve, then Cros and the librarian put their heads together and Excelsior! A resolution means declaring your intent to do something. Crosley immediately resolved to eat more pineapple cheesecake!

Meanwhile, John used the library’s computers and looked up the History Channel website. He learned that the idea of making New Year’s resolutions started almost 4,000 years ago. Each new year, the ancient Babylonians would return any items they had borrowed (John decided to return Crenwinkle’s book on breaking codes) and resolve to keep their promises. They did this in March since that’s when their new year began.

After Julius Caesar changed the calendar, New Year’s Day was celebrated on January 1. January is named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces and traditionally stood in doorways. The Romans believed Janus looked both forward to the new year and back at the past. New Year’s Day became a time to consider how the past year went and determine to do better.

But does it work? John and Crosley looked at some books and some articles on Live Science. “Boy, there’s a lot of opinions about this,” Crosley said. It seems that people who decide to set a goal have a better chance of meeting their resolutions than those who try to change a bad habit. So John and Crosley agreed to an experiment. In 2024, Crosley resolved to eat ten more pineapple cheesecakes each month than he did in 2024. “That’s my goal, and I’m sticking with it,” the red crocodile declared.

John decided he wants to read more books, so he set a goal of going to the library once each month. “I resolve to read one new book each month. That will make me smarter like Crenwinkle.”

John and Crosley gave their Program report to Crenwinkle, who smiled and said, “Happy New Year!”