Dancing the Night Away

I hope you had a nice Christmas! It isn’t over yet, you know. We still have New Year’s to go. The abbreviative phrase “New Year’s,” I am assured by dictionary.com, is an acceptable reference to the two-day mash-up that is our ceremonial changing of the Gregorian year. After many years of considering it a minor festival existing in the long shadow of Christmas, I have begun to change my mind. It is becoming a new favorite. It’s a light-hearted party followed by a day of rest and reflection. It’s so simple. I suppose I began to change my mind when my other favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, began to be eclipsed by the commercialism of Christmas. Talk about a long shadow! I also gained appreciation for New Year’s when I finally learned that it wasn’t necessary to face the new year with a splitting headache.

Today's "Arlo & Janis!"

13 responses to “Dancing the Night Away”

  1. For me, New Year’s is a non-event, and I have never been able to understand why it’s an official holiday with a day off from work for many of us. I understand that it’s the National Recover from Hangover Day, but that’s all it is to me.

    As you can see, I’m not a lot of fun at parties.

  2. For me New Year’s Day was about watching 4-5 Bowl games (& watching OSU or uM lose to USC/UCLA) and then listening to everyone argue about who was the best team like God intended. I worked in retail 35 years ago and we got the day off.

    Now there are too many bowl games and a playoff system that rally don’t prove anything and every store is opened. So it’s a day to sleep in, watch the Rose parade and worry about going back to work the next day.

  3. A strip that is occasionally mentioned here, 9 Chickweed Lane, is more than a little poignant today. Apparently, Edda has been hoping to get pregnant and introduce us to a forth generation for some time. Poor clueless Amos wonders why he keeps getting wallets as a surprise…

    From direct experience years ago, and second-hand experience with a daughter, waiting for children can be long and distressing.

  4. As the blurb above refers to the turn of the Gregorian year, and we are on the Gregorian calendar, to what presumed error do you refer, JJ?

    Or, have you redone the blurb?

  5. Re 12-26-18 cartoon: Assuming the photos were of Arlo or Janis (and who else would be in them, hmm?), my money is on them being of Janis, as it does not appear Arlo pitched them into the fireplace. If so, I can’t blame him; I would have kept them, too.

    I recall a multi-day A&J arc some years ago, based on this same premise, which was more touching than ribald. Go figure.

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