From My Weather Diary: New Year's Eve in Pihlajisto. Kimmo and I are drinking liquor and we're listening to sacred music, 2002
Chromogenic color print
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
It's New Year's Eve! I think observing the end of one year and the beginning of another is silly and pointless, but nevertheless I have a New Year's Eve tradition. Every year, I go to a movie that starts late enough and runs long enough so that it's after midnight by the time I leave the theater. I feel this act best conveys my dislike of the whole New Year's Eve concept. Sure, I could just stay home and go to bed early, but I think the movie is better, because a) I'm doing something that has not only b) has nothing to do with the new year but also c) makes it impossible (or at least socially unacceptable) to know when the new year arrives.
It was not easy for me to choose a film this year, because for some reason none of the theaters in town had showings later than 10:00 PM. Heck, one of the theaters actually closed early! Of the tiny handful of films that 1) were guaranteed to get out after midnight and 2) I wanted to see, I chose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. Second choice was True Grit, but I would have had to go all the way across town to find a showing that was likely to get out after midnight. I tell you, what is the world coming to that it's so hard for me to ignore the new year as I see fit?
Previous Advent posts:
2003: This Little Babe
2004: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
2005: New Year's Celebrators
2006: from "In Memoriam"
2007: The Adoration of the Shepherds
2008: When the River Meets the Sea
2009: The Gate of the Year