Out with the old, in with the new! In Naples, this it taken quite literally. Unwanted belongings are out the window on the last day of the year, anything from small items of clothing to large pieces of furniture. As long as it fits through the window, out it goes. It makes for a really interesting (and perilous) walk around the city when out celebrating on New Year's eve!
How about this as an alternative... Reuse an old basket instead of throwing it out to create a feature for your table during the festive season. Soak the basket in warm water, take it apart and use the material to weave your construction over a forma. We used balloons and paper maché when working on a project in the publication Practical Basketry Techniques. Simply pop the balloons once your done and remove the paper.
The baskets were then festooned with party food on skewers. I wasn't quick enough to get a shot of the display in all its glory, but here is an after party shot in advance of the festive celebrations. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!