Where are we? Oh. January 5th.
Now, I don’t want appear churlish or come over as some sort of a grump (at least, not in the real world) but when should people stop saying ‘Happy New Year!!!’? If I had my way, this joyful greeting should only be applicable on the actual day of the first of January. If I don’t see you during that first 24 hours, hard luck. Otherwise, what rule is appropriate? If I have to say it to people when I first meet them in the new calender year, I’d have to keep going until June and by then I will have lost track. Also, what is the etiquette with strangers, such as shop workers? Should I respond to their cheery wishes in the same way as I do to, ‘Have a Nice Day!!’ with a ‘Why, thank you. You are so kind!’?
Would it be easier all round if we had a law that made it compulsory to kiss the person you wish Happy New Year to and leave it to common sense or common lust?
The world is fraught with animal traps, is it not?