Who says we must ring in the New Year at midnight?

Area senior citizens bucked that tradition last Tuesday, December 31, and rung in 2020 at noon – 12 p.m. rather than 12 a.m. – at Pierce County County Senior Center.

Seniors cheered and toasted each other with sparkling grape juice, counted down to the ‘new year’, and sang Auld Lang Syne. After ringing in 2020, several seniors danced with each other around the room while holiday music blared from the TV.

They headed home – while the sun was still shining bright – amidst farewells of “see you again in the new year.”