Falls Church News-Press: Twenty-twelve started innocently enough.

He danced around a crowded restaurant, surrounded by his nearest and dearest, decked in all their winter finery, and he dreamt of a better year, a year with infinite possibilities and personal growth. As the television presenter counted down to “1,” everyone clutched one another lovingly, champagne crusted songs were being sung, traditions all coming to a head. She was holding a dollar in her hand so the year would bring prosperity. “That guy” was looking at the ceiling, either because the room was spinning from too many shots or because his dad gave him the tradition of praying to God that the New Year would be a healthy one, but he couldn’t remember which. And he was looking at this beautiful gathering of all the crazy in his life and smiling.

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