Deborah Chan had some additional observations in the matter of the whole First Night vs. "Twilight Zone" marathon thing. (Saturday's print Slice.)
"When it's cold on First Night, at least you know the Earth isn't moving away from the sun.
"If you wear a mask on First Night, you don't need to worry about your face conforming to it.
"When you take the tram around on First Night, you know you haven't been taken by aliens to circle around a toy town forever (hmmm...or have you?)
"Gabriel isn't going to escort Frist Night trumpet players to Eternity."