BSM students ring in 2022


Riley Weedman

Happy New Year’s banner!

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is a global celebration. It is celebrated by most people and communities all around the world. It celebrates the start of the New Year, which is sometimes exciting, and sometimes dreadful. With the celebration of the New Year and people’s New Year’s traditions, many often create a New Year’s resolution.

A big race of excitement on New Year’s Eve is the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. The ball, which is on top of the roof of One’s Times Square, drops slowly down the pole. It starts at 11:59 P.M. and finishes falling at 12:00 A.M. Eastern time, signifying the new year. Over 1 billion people stream the ball drop on television from the comfort of their homes. This is an event many look forward to. “Every year my family and I usually sit in the basement and watch the ball drop. We watch both the 11 P.M. one and the 12 P.M.,” senior Keegan Gustafson said.

Every year my family and I usually sit in the basement and watch the ball drop. We watch both the 11 P.M. one and the 12 P.M.”

— Gustafson

New Year’s is a time to reset. This is often done by people setting goals for themselves or things they will change for the coming year. Sometimes these goals are hard to reach and often makes it hard to stick with. But other times the resolution is a simple change of mind. “My New Year’s resolution is to be a good sister and daughter and I always keep that,” sophomore Sloane Dokman said.

Many families travel for New Year’s. Some go spend it with extended family, and others take a much needed vacation somewhere warm. While not all families do this, it is a fun change of pace from the cold Minnesota weather. “This year I’m going to Florida and I am excited because I want to get away from the cold weather and the beach is pretty,” sophomore Sarah Humphrey said.

While New Year’s Eve is not technically a “holiday”, it tends to be the more famous of the two days. New Year’s Eve night celebrates the end of a year. It is a time to reflect on all the progress that you have made as a person, and a time to look back on how well you followed your last year’s New Year’s resolutions. “I like New Year’s Eve more than New Year’s day because my family hosts a party with all the neighbors so I get to spend time with them, and on New Year’s Day everything is closed,” senior Will Peschel said.