By Lauren H.
Wow! Is it the new year already? Well, with all of the New Years programming, I sure hope you knew beforehand! This past year, like every year, Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve was top of the chart ratings. This year (well, last year, to be correct), it was hosted by Ryan Seacrest (aka the American idol judge), and Jenny McCarthy. Dick Clark who started the New Year’s Eve program, sadly, passed away this past year. However, the past couple of years, Seacrest was in “training” under Clark’s guidance.
This year, as others, there were some great performances, by people like Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, and the band Neon Trees. They made the last few hours of 2012 fun! The festivities were held in Times Square in New York City, where up to a million people gathered to watch that famous ball drop. There were lights everywhere with streamers and many people in one place.
It wasn’t just America celebrating the new year. All over the world, people have their own versions of new years programming. Like on CCTV, they show the Chinese/African/lots of others countries parades and activities for the new year. But who can forget about the Amercan tv shows? Like in Happy New Year Charlie Brown!, Charlie Brown is assigned War and Peace to be read, and it shows how impossible that really is. It ends with Linus telling Charlie Brown the next book report assignment, which makes us see how Charlie Brown is having a not so great new years already.
In Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, Rudolph is asked by Father Time to find the missing baby New year before midnight New Year’s Eve. After lots of shenanigans, Rudolph finds the baby and returns it to Father Time. Then he gleefully adds after everyone shouts him a happy new year “And may it be shiny, too!”
Anyways, it also just wasn’t Dick Clark’s New Years that was shown on television. There was also New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly, the popular radio host, and New Year’s Eve live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Grifffin. There was more after that too such as Club Nye 2013 and All-American New Years.
Americans really do celebrate the New Years well! We hope everyone had a great 2012, and now we hope you have an even better 2013!