A few days ago, we were celebrating a relative's birthday, and practically everyone in the family was there. I say "practically" because there are so many of us that there's always someone who can't make it for some reason or another.
During the party, I could feel the excitement in the air. It's difficult to describe, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about: when you go to a birthday and everyone smiles as they offer congratulations and seems inclined to enjoy themselves as they celebrate the occasion. It's like a general consensus; the atmosphere is charged with a sort of contagious optimism.