A Kiss at Midnight.

This post was originally published on December 29, 2006

Times Square, Christmas Eve, 2006

Times Square, Christmas Eve, 2006

New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday (along with the 4th of July). It has nothing to do with resolutions, fresh starts or any of that. I’ve never seen the point in waiting until January 1st to change something or start something new. Not to be sappy, but every day’s a clean slate. Why wait?

No, the reason New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday is that it is one of the few (the only?) holidays that most of the world celebrates together regardless of religion, climate or culture. As midnight crosses each time zone, people throw up their hands in exaltation, kissing and hugging each other and toasting another year of life. I mean, one of the goals of the celebration is to kiss on someone at midnight. How great is that? I think we should all publicly smooch at midnight more often.

Oh, and the other reason I love NYE is because of the fireworks. I don’t know if we have fireworks here in NYC, but we have some silly ball of lights dropping, so there’s that. I have friends coming into town and they think they want to go to Times Square. I say – good luck to them. While I’m waiting for them to get here, I’ve been humming and half-singing this holiday song. Maybe you know it?

What are you Doing New Year’s Eve?

Maybe it’s much too early in the game
Ooh, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s,
New Year’s Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night.
Welcoming in the New Year,
New Year’s Eve.

Maybe I’m crazy to suppose
I’d ever be the one you chose
Out of the thousand invitations
You received.

Ooh, but in case I stand one little chance,
Here comes the jackpot question in advance:
What are you doing New Year’s,
New Year’s Eve?

Maybe I’m crazy to suppose
I’d ever be the one you chose
Out of the thousand invitations
You received.

Ooh, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance:
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?

Here’s to kisses at midnight. Happy New Year’s Eve.

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