A preferred celebration. (Soaps.com)

“General Hospital” weekly rundown for December 26 – 30:

Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is good to all of you. I also hope this year is a lot better to our soaps than 2011 was. Even though “General Hospital” ended 2011 the way it spent the majority of it – on a mostly bleak note – hopefully things can turn around in 2012. Let’s break it down.

Capping off a downer year.

While “General Hospital” gave us a happy Christmas episode, they just couldn’t end 2011 on a positive note. Instead of couples flirting and families celebrating, with a touch of angst sprinkled in, like they did during the 1996 GH New Year’s Eve episode, Carly’s party turned into a rage filled yelling match as Michael outted his mother about knowing Jax was alive and everyone ganged up on her. If that wasn’t a big enough buzzkill, Michael then went out into the street and was hit by Jason’s motorcycle. Happy New Year fans! It could have been a decent episode considering Anthony proposed to Tracy, Lulu and Dante were finally happy, Jax was on his way back and the Drakes spent a lovely evening home with their daughter. It’s too bad the Metro Court party didn’t allow for anyone in attendance to have fun before Michael dropped his bomb. His reveal could have been a good cliffhanger after watching the party guests ring in the New Year.