TheAspenStand: Who Knew So Many Things Get Dropped at the Stroke of Midnight to Start Each New Year

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Who Knew So Many Things Get Dropped at the Stroke of Midnight to Start Each New Year

(Updated 12/21/18) 

Well, look at this. We are closing out another year and opening up a new one. Our past experiences have been far and wide, happy and sad, alone and with others.

First, let me wish all of you a happy, healthy and successful New Year. I hope your holiday celebrations with family, friends, or quietly alone as you may like them were joyous.

I wanted to have a post about the new year but I wasn't sure where that story line would take me. I definitely wasn't going the resolution direction so you're saved from that. 

I had been thinking about having watched the New York New Year's eve celebration on television for many years with the glittering ceremonial ball dropping and all those people freezing cold and tightly jammed into one location. People love it.

But I'm smiling about the local new year's eve ceremonial pine cone drop in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona. The pine cone begins the drop from atop the Weatherford Hotel so the crowd gathers at the intersection to watch. The fun here is you can watch it twice...yes, twice...once at 10 p.m so the kids can see it drop and the normal midnight drop.

I took the photo above during a walk through town in 2014 waiting on 2015 to arrive. You can see the pine cone hanging above the second story balcony off the Weatherford Hotel and just below is the red lighted digital count down clock.

The image on the right is from New Year's Eve 2014 about an hour before the 10 p.m. drop for the kids. Looks like a whole different place all in lights for the night. And even though I read 2014 was going to be the warmest New Year's eve it has been in a while it was still cold and we weren't dressed to stand outside. We watched people  gathering on the hotel balcony, music filled the air and folks were dancing in the street. We caught up with some friends but hit the road home before the local 10 p.m. drop. We made it home in time to watch the ole traditional celebration in New York's Times Square. So much for staying up late.

I'd heard some other cities have their own tradition but to my surprise, I found a very long List of objects dropped on New Year's Eve. I assumed there might be a list but not quite as comprehensive at this one. So now you know that if you're traveling through northern Arizona around Nw Year's eve or somewhere on the list, you have a chance to watch something getting dropped to start your next new year. Oh and dress appropriately.

Did you go somewhere to watch something drop for the new year?

Where is your favorite place to be on new year's eve?

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  1. Happy New Year! My hubby and I celebrated New Year's Eve with our neighbor's across the road. We had a pleasant meal, some nice wine and of course fireworks for the kids (one of whom fell asleep and missed it, lol) Then we just had to walk back across the road and we were home. Wishing you the best for the New Year.

    1. And to you Jayne. Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a wonderful evening. We had an early meal in town and wandered around for a while running into some folks we knew. Our neighbor mentioned dropping by when we returned from town but we decided to stay home and watch the ball drop in NY. A little later we noticed the neighbors must have decided to head into town because their house was dark and vehicle gone. LOL Good for them.


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