Remind me, why do we celebrate the new year? This occured to me today. What purpose does it serve, other than to give us an excuse to mix alcohol and explosives? Isn't it true that the only reason Jan 1st is a Federal holiday is so people can't sleep off their exuberrances of the night before?
It's been years since I marked the occassion in any way. I stopped bothering to care because, to be honest, I don't need an excuse to get drunk and make a fool of myself. It happens too close to Christmas to be of any practical use.
New Year's Day is the only secular, non-political/historical holiday on the calendar. If we're just going to have a gimme holiday for no particular reason, I'd much rather it fall during the long holidayless months between President's Day and Memorial Day.
I propose we move New Year's Day to the second Friday in April! At least then it'll be warm enough to shoot fireworks at midnight, and it will always give us a three day weekend. That's something I can celebrate. Frigid mid-week New Year's celebrations suck polar bear nuts.