So, since a little celebration is clearly called for, I thought some fireworks might do the job!
Below is how, two weeks ago, the Venetians saw in 2012 on the Bacino San Marco.
There's a slightly overlong, boring, bit about 1:30 in when there seems to be nothing much going on except a puddle of light on the waters of the lagoon (about as effective as reported accounts of the 'river of fire' on the Thames at the Millennium), but it soon picks up again and ends with the usual blitzkrieg of dazzling whiteness that everyone expects.
An amusing postscript: the 31 December 2011 edition of Venice Word made the following announcement...
NEWS - To avert the annual risk of animals being frightened, literally, to death by the deafening noise of fireworks, major Italian cities are limiting traditional midnight fireworks displays or, as in Turin, banning them entirely. There is also hope that the reduction will lower the number of injuries to humans due to the improper use of the gunpowder. Venice will be among those imposing limitations.I didn't see this year's firework display (it was too far for me to walk to a vantage point, so David went and filmed it), but sitting in our favourite restaurant, I certainly heard them - as, presumably, did the city's animal populace!
Quiet fireworks? Hmmm... Not sure – even in our politically correct society – that they're ever going to catch on!