If you had big plans for getting things done over winter break, you'll have to plan ahead, because the places that are closed on New Year's Day might surprise you. We all know that tons of department stores are open, promoting major sales, but other, perhaps more practical places like the post office and banks are closed. You can still have a totally productive break, but you'll have to get the bulk of your errands done by early afternoon on New Year's Eve or else you'll have to wait until Jan. 2.
Or, if you're looking for an excuse or permission to do absolutely nothing on New Year's Day but drink Champagne or watch re-runs of Gossip Girl in your pajamas, consider this your official letter of permission. Spend your day off however you want to, you deserve it — it's been a trying year for us all. But if you do have letters to mail, pressing bills to pay, or other official business to handle, you'll want to check out this list of places that will be totally closed on New Year's Day before you leave the house for no reason. There's a good chance that if you're not looking for some retail therapy, you won't have much of a reason to get out of your sweats on New Year's Day.