Celebrations, Personalness

Mildly Enthusiastic Review: New Year’s Eve

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er-newyearseveNew Year’s Eve (parties)

Category: Events

Find it on: 31st December

What it is:
The celebration of the fact that another year has passed and the new one is bringing with it very new possibilities, usually accompanied with too much alcohol.

How I found it:
When I was first aware of the tradition of New Year’s Eve parties, I was a kid spending them with my grandparents and my brother and wishing I had an actual party to go to. In hindsight though, the ones with my grandparents were more lively and exciting than most parties I attended in later years.

Summary judgment:
If you follow the tradition, New Year’s Eve sucks. If you don’t, it’s pretty awesome.

Best things about it:
I’m a very conventional person in that I like conventional celebrations. But with New Year’s Eve the pressure is usually too high and you end up disappointed with whatever party you end up at. So quite a few years ago we turned the table completely and started spending each 31st December with our friends A&Z: we dress up, make good food and play games all night long, with a short break for midnight good wishes and champagne that nobody really likes. It’s always fun.

Worst things about it:
Whenever I went to a more conventional New Year’s Eve party I usually ended up displeased with one aspect of it or another. In fact, I can only think of a handful when I had any fun. I blame the high expectations.

Other pluses:
It’s a special day in a calendar. I like those almost without exceptions. While not an official holiday, it still makes you feel the excitement in the air.

Other minuses:
✤ Fireworks should be limited to an hour before and after midnight. Not a month.
✤ And don’t get me started on all the mess people leave on the streets, of which burnt out fireworks are perhaps the least annoying thing.

How it enriched my life:
We barely have time to play regular boardgames now so on New Year’s Eve we get to catch up on some new ones and some old favorites. I also get to wear shiny things which don’t make sense in more casual outfits (and I seem to have surprisingly many shiny things).

Fun fact:
I think currently our record of games played on one evening is five. I might be wrong though.

Follow-up:
Hopefully, next year’s party will be quite as relaxing as all the previous ones.

Recommended for:
Actual parties are recommended for whoever likes them. Our kind of parties only for those self-aware enough to realize that it’s precisely what they need.

Enjoyment:
At best up to  ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆  if you go to a regular party.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★  if you choose something more specifically pleasing.

Next time: Bridget Jones’s Diary

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