What am I doing New Year’s Eve? Probably laundry. What did we do on New Year’s Eve when I was growing up? Not a whole lot.
On rare occasions, we went out to eat, but we rarely stayed out late. One year, we lit sparklers in the house when the ball dropped on Times Square. Because December in Wyoming was cold and snowy, we didn’t take them outside. It’s a wonder we didn’t burn the house down.
Then, there was the year Dad got pulled over for drunk driving and would have spent the night in jail if Grandma and Uncle Jon hadn’t bailed him out. You see, because my father sold and serviced coin-operated machines, he was often called on New Year’s Eve and other nights to fix a broken jukebox in a bar where there was no other entertainment. On this particular New Year’s Eve, the establishment to which he was called was in a rural area. And of course, he stayed after fixing the jukebox and enjoyed one too many. Fortunately, a highway patrolman caught him before he could have an accident.
Whatever we did New Year’s Eve, on New Year’s Day, Mother always insisted on taking down the Christmas tree and any other holiday decorations. Although everyone was present when the housed was decorated, my father and younger brother often had places they had or wanted to be on New Year’s Day, or they were sleeping it off after a night of celebration. So, the task of un-decorating fell to Mother and me.
I loved taking down ornaments just as much as I loved putting them up, fingering the glass balls and snowmen, angels, and other figurines. Although Mother grumbled about the lack of assistance, I didn’t mind. After everything was taken down and put away, I helped her haul the tree to the alley, where it would eventually be picked up by the sanitation department.
The song I’m singing today is synonymous with ringing in a new year. If you know the words, you might want to sing along with me. Happy New Year!
What about you? What have you ever done to ring in the New Year? Did you ever get in trouble? When did you usually take down Christmas decorations?
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
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