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Get your streamers and pointy hats ready, and be prepared to look up the atomic clock for the first time since last year. It’s New Year’s Eve! New Year’s Eve is that one day every year when we celebrate only having one day left in that year, usually by resolving to try for that big breakthrough next year, but not before first breaking out a bottle of bubbly. For the adult crowd, New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year, with posh New Year’s events filling the clubs in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and other major cities in the US and around the world. But for those more inclined to pop open a Martinellis than a Mums, there are plenty of family friendly traditions for New Years Eve as well. Some families prepare special New Year’s Eve recipes, and observe other customs for luck in the coming year. And for those who can’t make it to family gatherings, it’s traditional to send a New Year card or greeting for the holiday. For the truly generous, you can send the New Year card along with a bottle of champagne – just make sure it doesn’t get too shaken up during the delivery.
In a way, New Year’s Eve is the oldest of all holidays, since there have been new years since the creation of the planet. But even the celebration of the New Year is something that people have been doing ever since the concept of years was developed, though ancient societies had a lot more difficulty replacing their calendars each year since they were made of stone. Can you imagine trying to send a New Years card of stone? The timing of New Year’s Eve became standardized after the development of the modern calendar, and traditions for how to celebrate this event began to form around the world. In the US, the New Year is celebrated by the lowering of a giant glowing ball and the customary confusion as to how the heck Dick Clark manages to do a TV broadcast of this every year. But it is certainly a time to remember friends and family as well; poems, cards, and greetings abound. So as you’re watching the ball drop, don’t forget to also drop off a New Years card for your friends and family – in return, they’ll be sure to keep you in their resolutions.