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New Year’s Eve (parties)
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.
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.
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.
✤ 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).
I think currently our record of games played on one evening is five. I might be wrong though.
Hopefully, next year’s party will be quite as relaxing as all the previous ones.
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.
At best up to ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ if you go to a regular party.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ if you choose something more specifically pleasing.
Next time: Bridget Jones’s Diary