Humans have celebrated the passage from one year to the next for millennia, but has there ever been a year that we have all, universally, wanted to see the end of more than 2020?


As if New Year plans weren’t hard enough ordinarily, we’re now having to navigate the labyrinth of COVID restrictions. Like everything else in 2020, New Year will feel decidedly different and, in Britain, the joy of leaving that binfire of a year behind will taste bittersweet as January means feeling the full impact of Brexit. Sob! 


However, let’s not dwell on the negativity. Instead, like a hand desperately hunting for green triangles in the Quality Street tin, let’s dive into the history of New Year’s traditions in our beloved Europe for some inspiration on how we might celebrate a the turning of the calendar with a corona-compliant twist.


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