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Writer's Block: To auld lang syne

Posted on 2009.31.12 at 12:15

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peacey at 2010-01-01 01:52 (UTC) ()
My goodness, wipe that snarl off your face and toss a handful of confetti! I agree that the year turns on January 1st is so very meaningless. It could be celebrated any day of the year. However, the holiday itself (and the moment the year officially turns) is far from meaningless. Consider first that humans are social creatures, thus they're behaving as humans, not lemmings, when they take advantage of an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. Coming together in a happy and celebratory way is a good thing, after all! Consider second that there is a base draw of shared experience when it comes to these kinds of large-scale events. A sense of bonding weaves through the human psyche when one realizes that they're participating in an experience shared by billions of one's brothers and sisters throughout lands near and far (though at different moments with New Year's Eve of course). I've always loved that aspect of the holiday more than any other. So cut loose your inner cynic and cut the human race some slack for mercy's sake. Oh, and Happy New Year! *tosses confetti*
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-01-01 06:27 (UTC) ()
Consider first that humans are social creatures, thus they're behaving as humans, not lemmings, when they take advantage of an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. Coming together in a happy and celebratory way is a good thing, after all!

See, I do this on Thanksgiving and Christmas--I do agree that social events with family and friends are wonderful (and I'm a big fan of the human race *g*), but I haven't done family things for New Year's Eve since my kids were all living at home. The lemming part isn't the social aspect, it's the "okay, we have to drink now" part (and honestly, this isn't about the evils of alcohol, because I love me some good alcohol when the occasion is right).

And the more I think about why I get all Bah Humbug about the holiday, the more I really think it's the way it's marketed. The media makes the whole thing into something that turns me off. I think next year I'll do something wholly personal to mark the occasion.

*hugs* Blessings for the coming year, devotchka. :)
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