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Country stars said goodbye to 2017 with special kisses and wishes Twitter/@Lauren_Alaina

New Year’s Eve usually generates a lot of nostalgia with folks as they look back on the ups and downs, highs and lows of the previous 12 months and look forward to the next 12 with hopeful anticipation. Country stars like Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are no exception.

Several country stars shared their good wishes with fans through their social media pages. Some were short and sweet, like Thomas Rhett, who shared a photo of what appeared to be a simple celebration with a domestic brew and a “Cheers to an amazing 2017. Looking forward to everything to come in 2018. Happy New Year everyone, be safe and have fun tonight.”

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And families were forefront as we saw in photos shared by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott …

Lee Brice …

And Jake Owen.

Other messages were more poignant, like Lauren Alaina, who recapped her blissful year in detail, tugging at our heartstrings. Sharing a photo of herself as a little girl, Lauren wrote, “This year. Woah. ❤️😭I had the hardest time picking a picture to sum it up, so I picked her. She is the reason this year happened at all. I’ve held onto the imagination, hopes, dreams, and wishes that my little girl self dreamed up. She believed them, so I’ve believed them. I wish I could tell her that all of her big dreams would actually come true and most of them would come true in one year.” She then recapped those dreams that came true in 2017 and made a wish for 2018: “I can’t imagine how 2018 could ever top you, but I know it’s going to be a very strong competitor. Here’s to another year of the unimaginable becoming reality.” Cheers!

This year. Woah. ❤️😭I had the hardest time picking a picture to sum it up, so I picked her. She is the reason this year happened at all. I've held onto the imagination, hopes, dreams, and wishes that my little girl self dreamed up. She believed them, so I've believed them. I wish I could tell her that all of her big dreams would actually come true and most of them would come true in one year. I don't even know where to begin. I released my second album. I got my first number one song with Road Less Traveled. I had my first ACM and CMA nominations. I won a CMT Award that was given to me by @reba (still freaking out over that one). I won my first BMI Award. I won a Music Row Award. @_alex_hopkins graduated college in May. I MET @DOLLYPARTON! I played my first stadium show while on tour with @lukebryan. I played RED ROCKS with @dariusrucker. I got to tour with one of my favs, @martinamcbride! I got to do my first Canadian tour with @dallassmithmusic . I got another number one song with a guy I've known and sang with since middle school, @kanebrown_music . I got to travel all over the place and share my truth with the best fans and people in the world. 2017, you've been my best year yet. You've felt like a dream. I can't imagine how 2018 could ever top you, but I know it's going to be a very strong competitor. Here's to another year of the unimaginable becoming reality. 🎉❤️😭💃🏼

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles shared a collection of favorite photos from 2017, but much of the focus of her caption was on her hopes for 2018. She wrote, “My vote is for more beautiful, precious and breathtaking moments in 2018. More conversations, more playing with my kid, more laughter, more champagne bubbles, more Time, more Art, more Nature, more Music, more dancing, more reading, more happy surprises, more good Fire, and more Light from it. I think if we really dig in and spend more time with these things, the more we will be able to easily discern the lies from the Truth and know how we should work to better ourselves for each other. To better ourselves for each other. That’s my NYE wish for all of us in 2018.”

A few random faves from the second half of 2017 that I didn’t share. There is, of course, so much more than these pictures, any pictures, can truly capture. 2017 was a fully saturated year. We have all been shown parts of ourselves and our country and our world; hard, ugly, challenging, beautiful, precious and breath taking, than maybe we knew was there. My vote is for more beautiful, precious and breath taking moments in 2018. More conversations, more playing with my kid, more laughter, more champagne bubbles, more Time, more Art, more Nature, more Music, more dancing, more reading, more happy surprises, more good Fire, and more Light from it. I think if we really dig in and spend more time with these things, the more we will be able to easily discern the lies from the Truth and know how we should work to better ourselves for each other. To better ourselves for each other. That’s my NYE wish for all of us in 2018. See y’all on the tele tonight! ❤️🍾🥂🎉

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It was Kacey Musgraves’ tender tribute to both the new and the old year that brought as much of a tear to our eyes as it did to hers. Kacey posted a video from her shoot for “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” and then shared an honest note. “For some reason I ‘always’ cry on New Year’s Eve during the countdown,” she wrote. “I get overwhelmed with emotion. I can’t help it. Maybe it’s the champagne. Maybe it’s my family living far away. Maybe it’s the bittersweet juncture of time passing and the unknown ahead. Happy and sad at the same time. A 10-second, warp-speed flashback of the laughs, tears, milestones, aging loved ones, great adventures, lessons learned of the 365 days you’re leaving behind and the hope that you can hang onto who you are in the next 365. I know it’s technically a made-up increment of marking time but that doesn’t take away from the reflectional nature of it all. Does anyone else out there get as emotional? Makes me wanna cry just typing about it. And to also be present for each moment I’m in because it’s only later that you realize they were the golden years.”

✨🥂✨ For some reason I *always* cry on New Year's Eve during the countdown. I get overwhelmed with emotion. I can't help it. Maybe it's the champagne. Maybe it's my family living far away. Maybe it's the bittersweet juncture of time passing and the unknown ahead. Happy and sad at the same time. A 10 second, warp-speed flashback of the laughs, tears, milestones, aging loved ones, great adventures, lessons learned of the 365 days you're leaving behind and the hope that you can hang onto who you are in the next 365. I know it's technically a made-up increment of marking time but that doesn't take away from the reflectional nature of it all. Does anyone else out there get as emotional? Makes me wanna cry just typing about it. And to also be present for each moment I'm in because it's only later that you realize they were the golden years.

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Just wow.

Of course, there were plenty of sweet exchanges that took place at the stroke of midnight, too, and while it looks like not too many country stars were into the PDA this year, we loved seeing these smooches between some of our favorite couples …

Happy new year everyone!

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Although we didn’t spot a kiss, it was pretty sweet to see Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s daughters join them onstage.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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