So how did New Year become such a major celebration in the UK?
Leaving aside the Scots, who have always celebrated Hogmanay rather than Christmas (Christmas was a normal working day in many areas of Scotland within my memory), and a few thousand in Trafalgar Square every year, when I was a yongster, late forties early fifties, the rest of the UK was totally quiet.
I can remember once heading home at 11.30, and the buses had all stopped, and so had the taxis (pubs shut at 11.00).
We dod have a lady opposite who used to bang a couple of dustbin lids, but she was a Scot!
The rest of us got our heads down as normal, ready for work the next morning.
Is this major addition to global warming yet another American import?