Fillers Endpiece

New Year's Eve

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7179.311a (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:311

Every man has two birth-days: two days at least, in every year, which set him upon revolving the lapse of time, as it affects his mortal duration. The one is that which in an especial manner he termeth his. In the gradual desuetude of old observances, this custom of solemnising our proper birth-day hath nearly passed away, or is left to children, who reflect nothing at all about the matter, nor understand anything in it beyond cake and orange. But the birth of a New Year is of an interest too wide to be pretermitted by king or cobbler. No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.

Charles Lamb, The Essays of Elia(1895)

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