Saturday, December 31, 2016

The War on New Year's Eve™

Ah! Holidays. In times lately there are the usual naysayers and old grouches. Plus a few that are definitely anti- whatever holidays there is. And a counter trend: the pros that take umbrage with the naysayers; thus "The War on Christmas™ beloved by Bill O'Reilly and others.

Valentine's Day is one such occasion. Do we need to talk about a War on Valentine's Day™? Well, there is a small minority of parents who object to the exchange of Valentines in schools. Yes, is it because they weren't sent sufficient valentines when they were little snowflakes? And there's the killjoys who object to the cards, the boxes of chocolates, and the Valentine-suitable gifts. (Not undies if the recipient is still living with her parents.)*

But some curmudgeon raised the issue of Daylight Savings Time. Specifically, why have it? Keep things on Standard Time all year. Now it's a fact of geography. It may be so that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia**, but not as long as when the winter solstice is approached. There's good logic behind the using regular time year round: fewer accidents, less disruption of natural rhythms, and so forth. So, eventually, everyone went along. But Boston took another step and discussed going on Atlantic Standard Time, like the Maritime Provinces and Puerto Rico.***

Daylight Savings Time was not popular, anyway.

But what about New Year's Eve? Now New Year's Day is kind of a non-occasion, except for eating black-eyed peas and cabbage and watching endless football games and the Rose Bowl Parade. But cut out the Eve part. Let's face it: people drink too much, make out with others they're not married to, engage in celebratory gunfire, and wake up with hangovers the next day. Not to mention those routs called New Year's Parties! 

So let's declare a War on New Year's Eve™! That will dampen this rampant occasion for risky merry-making! Who knows: maybe someone with even come out with New Year's Eve maypoles! After all, would could be less righteous than people having fun? T'ain't American, ya know! 





*One such gift I got as a teen provoked commentary from the auntosphere.

**A television program.

***For true; this has been proposed lately.

12 comments:

Cloudia said...

Honey, you bring so much smart pleasure! Thanks for everything. wishing you a breakthrough year ahead, Angel <3

John Hill said...

I wish you much love, health and happiness in 2017.
Perhaps I'll take a ride to Tennessee and buy you a cup of coffee sometime!

Clarissa said...

Happy New Year, Angel!

Mike said...

If we didn't get invited to someones house for New Years Eve we probably would just sit at home. Last year we sat. This year we're going to a friends.

Birgit said...

People will always bitch about something. Some have to make it their mission! I am all for the holidays because it is a day to think about what it means to keep that sentiment going all year long. Personally I think New Year's Day should be called hangover day:) Happy New Year!

Chuck Bear said...

Hangover Day - it fits like a sock!

Duckbutt said...

Happy New Year, Angel!

allenwoodhaven said...

Your blog is always a good read. Thanks for the entertainment.
Happy New Year!

Bilbo said...

Happy New Year, Angel! If you need a general to lead your troops in the war on New Year's Eve, I'm available!

Gorilla Bananas said...

It's so easy to make war on New Year's Eve. Just sleep through it!

Cherdo said...

Have fun any time, any way you want - today and every day. Happy New Year and God bless!

Blue Grumpster said...

Love it.

Happy New Year, stranger :)