How To Have A Happy New Year's Eve

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- One of the more predictable themes in our politics this year was the eternal demand that younger generations all sooner or later make of their elders – step aside and get out of our way.

The Baby Boomer pols of whom this demand is now being made can’t be whining about it – remember “don’t trust anyone over 30”?

But the counter-argument made against those who wanted Nancy Pelosi and her aging colleagues to step down – that now might not be the time to devalue experience – has some relevance today, as we gear up for the most overrated night of the year, New Year’s Eve.

Kids, take it from your elders – we call tonight “amateur night” for a reason.

The under-initiated often bring sky-high expectations to New Year’s Eve, and are almost always disappointed.

New Year’s Eve parties often seem forced. They come at the end of a six-week period of parties that at the very least dulls the novelty of eating and drinking.

Unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is no real reason to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

The turning of the year can just as easily be a source of anxiety, over bad things that happened in the old year and might happen in the new one. It ushers in a season of gloomy weather and financial stress, not to mention the pile of work that’s waiting for you on Wednesday.

And worst of all, New Year’s Eve is, in the hands of amateurs, a dangerous booze-fest.

Take it from an aging Boomer, nothing good will come of overdoing it tonight.

You’ll thank me tomorrow if you take my advice.

Maybe it’ll be evidence that experience is still worth something.

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