Do you celebrate New Year’s? Should it be celebrated?
Our Federal government proclaimed New Year’s a holiday on June 28, 1870. As a nation, we have been officially celebrating it for 146 years.
Thing About It
New Year’s doesn’t acknowledge a president’s birthday, or a famous explorer, or a champion of human rights. It doesn’t embrace any religious purpose. It doesn’t celebrate our nation’s freedom or honor the sacrifice of fallen soldiers. It isn’t a national day of prayer and fasting as was the original declaration of Thanksgiving.
Reasons People Celebrate New Year’s
- It’s a national holiday
- Promise of a better year
- The parties
- An opportunity to drink
- It’s on the calendar
- It’s something to do
- It’s what we do
- What else is there to do?
- It welcomes the New Year
- It’s an American tradition
As Near As I Can Tell
As near as I can tell, the entire focus of New Year’s is the end of one year and the beginning of another. It’s the turning of a calendar.
Some New Year’s Numbers
- New Year’s Eve is the most popular drinking day in America.
- One million will crowd Time Square to watch the ball drop.
- Another billion will watch from around the world.
- $3200 is the price for a direct view of the ball from the Marriott Hotel.
- 360 million glasses of Champagne will be served.
Millions will drink too much and put people’s safety at risk.
I’m not against celebrating New Year’s. I’m just struggling to find a reasonable reason to do so. It isn’t about honor, or remembering, or acknowledging something sacred or patriotic. It doesn’t encourage faith, thanksgiving ,or anything spiritual.
I guess having fun is the purpose of New Year’s?
Be safe. Be responsible. Be wise.