Here is your open thread for the next 7 days.
That which is not a thread topic, goes here. Also, any topic you want to bring back from the dead or any suggestions for a new topic, goes here.
caveat: the usual rules apply.
Please feel free to start your own discussions, but just to seed this thread with a little trivia item, let's have some fun:
Japan has what are functionally *three* New Year's Festivals, and that doesn't even consider the fact that School and Business cycles are based on yet a fourth Year-cycle.
What are the notable three, and what do they really mark?
Bonus Fun: What does that fourth "new year" have in common with French colonization in North America?
Enjoy, and Happy New Year!