What will future generations say about New Year’s Eve? When the History Channel geeks write up a special on the ancient traditions, what will they have to write about? A a big ball was lowered in New York, everyone counted the last few seconds, they sang an old song no one knew. Lovers kissed, resolutions were made for the coming year, and the whole country got really drunk.
What I like about New Year’s is its secular and non-family nature. If you don’t do New Year’s with family, it doesn’t make you a terrible person. Finally a holiday where the obligation doesn’t overshadow the celebration. While I certainly enjoy the but-you-have-to-come holidays, the back-to-back nature of Turkey Day and Christmas make New Year’s a nice break.