I celebrated New Year's Eve a day early by going up to NY to see Patti Smith in concert with javelina, an old friend of mine from college, with whom I used to listen to Patti Smith back when we were in college. It was absolutely wonderful: both the concert and seeing javelina, her husband, whom I really like, and her unbelievably great child. Then, when I got back, another old friend with whom I had lost touch a few years back called up out of the blue, which was the most wonderful surprise. And when I was in Boston for Christmas, I saw my oldest friend: her mom and mine shopped for baby carriages together while they were pregnant with us, we were constantly put in play pens together, and despite it all, she's still my friend, and one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for. (Despite the fact that she told on me when I "painted" my little sister's new tricycle with some old paint-y turpentine that was lying around. She feels bad about that to this day. I wouldn't remember it if she didn't.)
I almost never actually 'celebrate' New Year's Eve: the end of a year seems to make me reflective rather than festive, and that combined with the fact that I really don't like driving on New Year's Eve generally keeps me home. But going to a really great concert on Dec. 30 is a wonderful substitute. Patti Smith was wonderful: she did a version of 'Don't Fade Away' that made my hair stand on end.
Sometime soon I will sit down and think out my New Year's resolutions for this year. I wrote about them last year; this year I'll just say this: if you think of them not as a way of being anal and obsessive, but as a way of trying to get yourself both to reflect on your life and on how to make it better, and as a way of cultivating attention to certain things, they are (imho) really useful.
Happy New Year to everyone.