I just bought some chinese lanterns for Duncan. I'm going to surprise him someday and light them off, hopefully all at once. I don't know how I'll manage that, but I'll do something anyways. We lit some off on Hogmanay in Scotland, and he loved them, even though one almost lit him on fire.
I think you're supposed to write your hopes or dreams or wishes or something like that and send them off. No thanks, probably not! They do look really pretty in the night sky though. Isn't that enough?