Today's NY Times is rerunning an article that George Burns originally wrote in 1988, My Favorite New Year’s Eve — So Far:
The complete story at the NY Times site today.
"When I was starting out in show business the thing I want most for New Year's Eve was a booking. If you were booked on New Year's Eve, it meant you were doing O.K."... But of all the New Year's Eves I've spent, the one I remember most was 1926. The previous Christmas Eve, Gracie had finally agreed to marry me. I don't think I'd ever felt as wonderful; there was something very special about feeling that I was really going to be booked for the rest of my life."