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New Yorkers have been saying good riddance to bad memories of 2009 with a symbolic shredding of items in New York’s Times Square. A $250 prize was awarded for the most creative entry though there is currently conflicting information as to who the winner was as an entrant who submitted all his odd socks and a 12 year old shredding the memory of a school counsellor who had appeared on America’s most wanted listed as winners.
It strikes me this is a better use of symbolism than any doomed-to-fail style new year resolutions. As the good riddance day website tag-line says (warning psycho-babble alert): because sometimes you just need to let go.