Out With The Old, In With The New

By Jay Sedmak
SNPJ Publications Editor/Manager

Back when I was much younger, I was a huge fan of New Year’s Eve. I couldn’t wait to ring-in each New Year at the stroke of midnight on January 1, and back then I was always ready for a good party – regardless of when, where or with whom. My how things change with the passage of time...

As I was reading through the list of activities many towns and cities have planned for New Year’s Eve, I came across some local customs that I found quite interesting. For example, one town in Maine lowers a giant wooden replica of a sardine to mark the New Year. The town’s residents also sing “Oh, Canada,” as opposed to “Auld Lang Syne,” due to their proximity to the Canadian border. Two American towns – one in North Carolina, the other in Pennsylvania – share an uncommon tradition: a pickle drop at midnight. Hmmm, pickles and sardines? Sounds like a fertility rite to me; but nonetheless, those are pretty cool ways to mark the New Year, at least in my estimation.

I would imagine just about everyone, everywhere, knows tonight’s schedule in New York City. Since the festivities in the Big Apple will be televised, I guess I too will have the opportunity to see what Miley Cyrus has in store for her fan(s?). Her antics will be silly and repugnant, no doubt; but I’m sure Miss Cyrus’ name will be plastered across every celebrity and infotainment website come midnight. Talk about an ideal time for “out with the old” – I’d much rather see the pickle and sardine drops.

So what’s in store for my New Year’s Eve this year? Not much, really... watching a little college football (okay, a LOT of college football), sipping on a glass or two of champagne, perhaps running through the SiriusXM dial in search of some festive New Year’s music (to enhance my NYC New Year’s Eve television viewing since I’ll mute the broadcast) and, last but not least, donning the winter gear as I dig my driveway out from under the day’s snow.

Sure, my New Year’s Eve revelry has taken a severe blow in recent years, but I remain an optimist. Rather than look back on what has transpired, I now find myself looking forward to all the good things that the New Year holds in store. Hope springs eternal on New Year’s Day (just as it does on opening day of every Major League Baseball season – “Let’s Go Bucs!”), and with any luck at all I will be able to avoid making any New Year’s resolutions that I’m sure I’ll never keep. I wish you all a happy New Year 2014 and hope that you, like me, find contentment in your wishes for the in-with-the-new year.

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