Why do we kiss at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve?

Is everybody ready to ring in 2009? New Year’s Eve is upon us… In fact, some parts of the world are getting a head start and already discovering how ridiculously awesome this next year is/will be.

You can go ahead and learn more about the traditions surrounding New Year’s Eve, or you can just read below for the WikiAnswers Wednesday entry and find out how this one got started:

How did the superstition of kissing at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve start?

It was a New Year’s Eve, a long, long time ago. It was snowing and beautiful, and my friend Barry was at a wonderfully chipper New Year’s party. As everyone counted down to bring the new year in, he looked to his right and then he looked to his left. All his friends were standing around him. Martha and Jake, Jude and Christine, Penny and Michael. Even Timmy was there with a new girlfriend named Janice.

Suddenly it struck Barry: he was the only one who didn’t have his arms around anyone else. As the counting closed in on him – “9, 8, 7, 6” – he knew he had to do something quick. He grabbed the closest head of hair he could reach and pulled her in to his arms. When the room shouted, “3, 2, 1!” he gave her a big kiss, right on the mouth.

It was then that Barry realized he must have kissed one of his good pals’ ladies! He hadn’t even noticed which one yet. He nervously looked around. There was Martha and Jake, Jude and Christine, Penny and Michael. There was Timmy and Janice. They all, oddly enough, had the same look on their faces.

Barry looked down and realized: the lady he had kissed was Lady, Jake’s giant, hairy chocolate Labrador.

And from then on, Barry’s friends never let him forget that New Year’s kiss. And to remind themselves of it every year, they all gave each other kisses as the clock struck midnight.

The end. Have a happy new year everybody!

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