371. New Year's Eve is the final day of the Gregorian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses. Some countries and religions use different calendars, so they have a celebration on a different day. What would it be like to use a different calendar with different months and holidays than most people?
372. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII instituted the Gregorian calendar to fix an error in the previously used Julian calendar. Imagine if you found a mistake that required everyone to change something they used every single day. What might it be and why?
373. Many people take the final week of the year to remember what happened in the previous year. Would you rather look backward to what happened or look forward to the new things that are about to happen? Why?
374. One New Years Eve tradition is to make a toast to the upcoming year. Which of your friends would you choose to make such a speech at your celebration? What would he or she talk about and why?
375. While most people think of Thanksgiving as a time to give thanks, some religious New Year's traditions involve giving thanks for all the great things that have happened in the last year. What are some of the best things that happened to you in the outgoing year? How could you best give thanks to the people responsible?
376. You can watch the ball drop in New York Times Square on New Year's Eve, but it isn't the only item dropped to ring in the new year. Oranges, beach balls, crabs, ducks, ukuleles and even reality TV stars have been dropped to signify the new year. What item do you think your town would enjoy dropping during the holiday and why?
377. The Polar Bear Club is a group of brave, crazy individuals who jump into the freezing cold water on New Year's Day, often to raise money for charity. Describe what it might be like to dive into such ice-cold water. How would you feel and would you ever do it again?
378. Babies born at the beginning of New Year's Day are sometimes given prizes that range from baby food to gift certificates for being a New Year baby. What do you think it would be like to have your birthday on New Year's Day every year? Would you enjoy it or rather that your birthday be on a less-celebrated day?
379. Auld Lang Syne, a poem published by Scottish poet Robert Burns, is often sung after the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. The song is meant to remember the past year with fondness, even though some things will be forgotten. What things might you forget in the next year that you remember now? Why?380. Many celebrants use noisemakers for fun on New Year's Eve, but originally it was thought that such noise would drive away evil spirits. Do you believe that loud noises keep us safe from ghosts and ghouls or that such things simply don't exist? Why do you feel that way?