Usually we live in a quiet area here but on New Year's Eve it changes in a kind of "War zone". The Dutch have a long tradition of setting of fireworks in their backyards and the streets on New Year's Eve. I remember of my youth we had some little asterisks you could hold in your hand on the streets and that was it. Boys used to have some firecrackers with big bangs.
But times have changed and so the fireworks have, complete light shows go in the air and it looks like daylight here in my backyard.
There are discussions going on in society how to handle this, lots of accidents happen with eye and hand injuries mostly by children. But another Dutch tradition is long discussions before decision- making. Nobody wants to be the one who forbids this dangerous tradition that has got out of hand.
Our cat Sofietje didn't understand what was going on outside and we couldn't explain it to her so she hid in fear in far places in the house.
By the way a Happy New Year everyone!