Letting the Old Year Out: At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out.
My mom does this. She says that before she married my dad, that his grandmother made her promise that she would do that every year in our household and would teach whatever children she had to do it as well. Yeah, she taught me, and I'll do it sometimes, but my brothers could care less.
Loud Noise: Make as much noise as possible at midnight. You're not just celebrating; you're scaring away evil spirits, so do a darned good job of it!
This is why we keep some fireworks from the 4th (esp the Neighbor annoyers!!) and set them off at midnight! It's been pouring rain all day long, so hopefully, it'll stop just in time to shoot off a few fireworks.
Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban
I totally understand SCUBAbe. In my new neighborhood they like to let off LOTS of fireworks and the illegal ones that shoot in the air. So my dogs went nuts! One of the dogs actually ran through the screen door to the backyard.
Police usually find cover under a parking structure or overpass from all the bullets.
Tip for starting your New Year:
Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
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