According to the late Bill Vaughn, a columnist for the Kansas City Star: "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
Since I was old enough to stay up until midnight, I usually have. The sole exception is New Year's Eve when I have an uncontrollable urge to fall asleep at 10:00 p.m. Since I find sloppy drunks offensively boring, and the drivers too dangerous for my taste, I shall be in bed early tonight knowing that, even as I write at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, it is already next year in most of the world.
Have a very happy and prosperous 2010.