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Photo: Pajor Pawel (Shutterstock) Pandemic or not, people have mixed feelings about celebrating New Year’s Eve. It’s one of those nights when there’s so much pressure to have fun, do something memorable, and “set the tone” for the rest of the year (whatever that means), but sometimes—like right now—a certain year coming to a close is reason enough to celebrate. Of course, all our problems will still be there after the stroke of midnight on December 31, and 2021 will be no picnic, but as humans, we do get some type of satisfaction marking the passage of time. At this point, it should go without saying that we’re not going to attend a big New Year’s Eve gathering outside of our own household. And no, having a “quiet night in” with a few close friends who you trust (and aren’t part of your household) isn’t a great option either. Fortunately, we have plenty of other ways to ring in the new year that allow us to (virtually) celebrate with other people, but without all the crowds, hassle, and strategic use of public restrooms.