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Alison Y

I grew up in New York City, and when I was very young we would open the front door and bang pots and pans. Lots of noise and fun for us kids.
I went to Times Square once, when I was a young adult. Long wait, too cold and achy feet, but I could check that off as 'been there, done that'.
I do watch the ball drop, as it takes me back home, to a city I love.

Happy New Year to all you wonderful, friendly, informative Wenches whose books bring us so much pleasure.


I saw it on tv as a kid but it's probably been over 20 years since I've seen the ball drop or watched any type of celebration. I prefer to stay home with a good book or spend the evening with friends and family, and I'm usually in bed before the new year. I get woken up by the fireworks in my neighborhood and figure that's good enough. :)

Mary T

Like Misti above, the fireworks woke me up! I did make it to 11:30 though - so I think that is pretty good. (smile)

Mary Schultz

We are in Texas and usually watch movies, not live TV on New Years Eve. No different this year except I did note the time at 11pm and said to my partner..."It's 2022 on the East Coast" and at midnight, here, our neighbors set off fireworks (which is illegal), we toasted 2022 and continued to watch the third movie of the night.

Patricia Rice

I love the idea of banging pots and pans far more than I do the one here with fireworks in dry grass!

Here's to a wonderful new year!

Patricia Rice

LOL, we get the fireworks too, so I suppose they do serve a purpose.

Patricia Rice

You did better than we did!

Patricia Rice

we couldn't find any ball drop at 9 PM our time, which would be midnight on the east coast. I might have handled that. And yes, our fireworks are totally illegal and dangerous, but I knew when the new year began, I suppose.


My husband and I played games on New Year's Eve. (I recommend A Little Wordy as a fun word game for two players.) I can't recall the last time I saw the ball drop, but it's been years since we've had broadcast television and it doesn't occur to me to watch it online. Thanks for sharing the history of the event, Pat!

Annette N

Thanks for the post. I appreciate the knowledge. I spent the evening consoling my dog because the fireworks were so loud and went on so long. He was very frightened....and is every time we get fireworks.

I have not watched the ball drop in quite some time.

Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

Patricia Rice

sounds like a perfect way to greet the new year!

Patricia Rice

sounds like your illegal fireworks were worse than ours!

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