Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's: Most Pointless Holiday of the Year

Today is New Year's Eve, leading into New Year's Day...the most pointless holiday of the year. It's dumb because it's arbitrary. Today is only the last day of the year because the Gregorian calendar says so. If you go by the Chinese calendar, the new year doesn't begin until February 10! Check out Wikipedia for the full breakdown. 

Stated briefly: New Year's is celebrated all over the world, but anywhere from January to October!

Does the arbitrary change of dates actually change anything? No! It's totally symbolic and silly. You're the same awesome (or terrible) person on January 1 that you were on December 1. If you were a winner in December, January isn't going to bring you down. If you were a loser in December, January isn't going to improve anything, either.

I stopped making a big deal out of this nonsense years ago. If only everyone would do the same.

P.S. I've seen advertisements for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on Facebook. How does that work, exactly? Is the ghost if Dick Clark hosting? Is he going to possess Ryan Seacrest? Or is he just going to be the special New Year's correspondent for the afterlife? (Wouldn't that be a kick? "Hey, guys! It turns out that there's no Heaven or Hell! It's just one big party! Whee!") I don't mean to be disrespectful or anything. I don't want people to forget Dick Clark. But you have to admit it's a little if it were "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, hosted by Jay Leno Conan O'Brien Jay Leno.") Though I suppose that's a little different since he didn't pass away while still in the chair, but you know what I mean.

1 comment:

  1. You're wrong! If I'm an elected representative, and I vote for a new budget on Wednesday that has a tax rate around 34% instead of 36% (due to the fiscal cliff budget deal), then I just saved the day!

    So there is a reason for that arbitrary date anyway.

    Hooray for New Years!