Not with a bang but a whimper...
- T.S. Eliot
I would be willing to wager - given the way in which 2016 conducted itself from the moment at which it arrived (or so it seemed) - no one would be heard to complain if it was to exit the stage in the manner Eliot suggested. I, for one, certainly shall not.
2016 was a Leap Year and in retrospect perhaps the planet would have been better served had we leaped directly from 2015 to 2017. Perhaps. Perhaps, however, seeing as we are still at least shin deep in '16, it is too early to fairly assess its qualities. Perhaps, when viewed through the prism of history - as its predecessors have been - a better appreciation for it shall develop.
Wherever and however you mark the end of one year and the commencement of another, please do so in a manner that increases the likelihood of you being here with the rest of us in 2017...
...and increases the likelihood of others being here with those they love as well.
Au revoir, 2016.