The ball drop to a fresh start

For some, New Years is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings; along with that comes many traditions and celebrations.


Hannah Barczak

People have different traditions when it comes to the New Year, but excitement is the underlying tone of the holiday.

 The tradition of the ball drop is a great way to get everyone excited for the new year. People attend this event in the cold full of excitement and joy for the new year. As they await the clock to reach 12 A.M. They begin their celebration.  A new year is a time for new beginnings; it is a time for family and friends to gather together and celebrate their last few moments of the year as a whole. 

“I usually spend New Year’s Eve with my family and friends, because there is no one else I’d rather start off the new year with other than the people I love most,” sophomore Laila Salata said. 

Along with spending the holidays with the people you love, many cherish different and unique traditions; that is partially what makes the holiday seasons feel so special. Although everyone has their own traditions, some people share similar traditions. A well-known New Year’s tradition is New Year’s resolutions.

“If someone is looking for a way of starting off the new year in a positive way, making a list of resolutions is a perfect way to go about that,” sophomore Olivia Moisa said. “People would be surprised to realize that your life can improve so drastically just by setting a small goal. By doing this little deed you will make the new year better than the last” 

A New Year’s resolution is when a person sets a goal for themselves at the beginning of a new year in hopes to better themselves for the future; however, some people fail to follow through with their goals. 

“I think people create a list of resolutions to get a head start on their year and use it as a form of motivation for the upcoming new year,” sophomore Cal Maar said. “I believe people do this because resolutions can impact your life in a positive way in just a small amount of time if you are truly committed to achieving your goals.”

As people pick up their pens and markers on a cold December night, they are always full of excitement and joy while beginning to write their lists. They make these lists with pride and joy as they prepare themselves for the new year. 

“I think the new year is a perfect time for a resolution because you get to start fresh right as the clock strikes midnight. It feels like a breath of fresh air while fueling me with motivation to better myself,” Salata said. 

Each year on Dec. 31, people gather together and begin their New Year’s Eve traditions. Some people prefer to celebrate on New Year’s Eve rather than New Year’s Day.

“I believe that people prefer to celebrate on New Years Eve rather than New Year’s Day because it is the anticipation of the next start that is what is most exciting for people,” Maar said. 

A national tradition is the Ball Drop in Times Square, located in New York City. This tradition is not only watched by the citizens of New York but it is also televised all over the United States. While citizens are cuddled up in their homes on this cold winter day watching this event, they are also celebrating in their own ways.

“I don’t have any specific traditions other than watching the Ball Drop at midnight each year, but I do love to end my year with pizza; it is my favorite food and the perfect ending to a good year,” Salata said. 

Traditions are something that make the holidays special for each individual; not only do they give everyone something to look forward to, but they also bring people together and help create a warm environment. Overall, New Year’s is a time for new beginnings and celebration. 

“I feel pretty good when a new year comes around, but I also feel sad to leave the previous year,” Moisa said. 

Overall, New Year’s is a time of celebration and new beginnings.