On this side of the Atlantic it’s already 2012. Hope you all have a great year, prosperous in any way.
In the mean time, during a financial crisis, over 65 million euros worth have gone up in smoke, fireworks that is, in the Netherlands alone. That’s a few million less than last year. Just as all the years before that I didn’t waste money on it, we have Chinese people living in the building who are taking care of it with an hour-long show. [Yes, you can call me cheap, but I'm Dutch!] It’s a bit strange but on Chinese New Year they never use fireworks.
Each country has its traditions, ours is eating Dutch donuts, and drinking champagne or other alcoholics. While the fireworks take care of chasing bad ghosts away, too much alcohol… you know the rest.
Oh… do you know what’s also healthy?…