I’m not a huge New Year person.  Mostly because my family was never big on staying up late, partly because January 1 as the first day of a year is a fairly new concept.  Pope Gregory XIII set January 1 as the beginning of the year in 1582.

Other places and peoples celebrate in March, April, or on a rotating b asis for calendars based either on the older Julian calendar or on a lunar cycle.  The church’s liturgical year begins in early December with Advent 1.

If you are celebrating tonight, have fun and be safe.

If, like me, you plan to be sound asleep when midnight comes, may we have lovely dreams.