The New Year’s Prayer: "God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference."
New Year’s Eve comes with a lot of pressure — finding the perfect person to kiss at midnight, ringing in the New Year with over-the-top plans and tons of booze. Plus, there’s an impulsive need to document the whole experience on social media.
Why meet 2013 with anxiety and high expectations?
Here are some reasons to stay in this New Year's:
Why is this such a big deal?
Holidays should not be excuses to do things. You should not need a holiday to tell you to spend time with friends and family. The year should be filled with fun stuff. No holidays needed.
Between traveling, dinner, drinks and cover charges, New Year's just costs too much. I know, I’m a tightwad.
There's Always a Crowd
Unless getting pushed and prodded by a bunch of strangers is your idea of fun, New Year's Eve is a battlefield. That is unless you’re a woman surrounded by firefighters or a man surrounded by nurses. But those parties are hard to find.
New Year's is inconveniently scheduled in the middle of winter, forcing you to bundle up to go anywhere. That is unless you kind find a bar attatched to a hotel, or within half a block so you can do the bad jacketless dash.
It's Amateur Hour
You will definitely be surrounded by people who can't hold their liquor. Unless you, yourself, are plastered, having to deal with these drunken fools will be very annoying. Sorry, some of us party more than once a year. Ok, more than once a month… ok… more than…
Alternatives to going out and whooping it up include ordering takeout, buying champagne and watching the ball drop. And if you just find you can’t stay up past midnight, remember when you wake up it will be 2014 and you can send all your loved ones Happy New Year texts in the morning. And if you’re by yourself, having no one to kiss at midnight — It’s better than kissing the wrong person, and be sure to shut off your social media. There’s really no need to follow people that night.
Documenting every moment on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
You’ll have more fun being in the present than on your phone. Alone, with a couple, with just a few friends or celebrating the end of the year with a night on the town means champagne. But a few extra glasses can leave you feeling a little like a zombie the next day. A hangover is really "The Wrath of Grapes."
Avoid a New Year's Day hangover with these proven cures:
Drink lots of water before bed
Dehydration is the cause of a hangover, so fight it head on with lots of water. Or better yet, drink a glass of water in between every cocktail and you will be feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning!
Drink coconut water
Coconut water is nature's Gatorade. It replenishes electrolytes, which prevents dehydration.
B Complex Vitamins
A recent study has found that B vitamins can help fight hangovers by restoring energy to your sluggish body.
Replaces electrolytes that you lost while drinking heavily.
And if there is a TV anywhere in sight on Wednesday, the ball drop in NYC with Ryan Seacrest is the most famous New Year's Eve celebration in the world. But it's not the only over-the-top party — and it's certainly not the most expensive.
Check out these other awesome New Year's events from around the world:
Sure, they copied the ball drop in N.Y., but the event, hosted by Thai pop stars, guarantees much warmer temperatures, and a customary trip to make offerings of food, candles and flowers to the monks at the nine sacred Buddhist temples.
Hosts one of the largest parties in Europe! More than a million visitors create the Party Mile to drink lots of spirits and watch an elaborate fireworks and laser display.
Hogmanay, or "last day of the year," is such a big New Year’s event that it spans four days. A massive street party, concerts and a Viking-led torchlight procession end the elaborate affair.
Its beautiful beaches are converted into massive rave parties complete with booze and dancing until dawn.
Of course this opulent city goes over-the-top for New Year's! Spectators gather in front of the city’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper to watch as fireworks cascade from each floor of the 160-storey building. This display follows a four-hour show of lasers, fire, water and music at the Dubai Fountain.
Whatever you decide to do, be safe and have fun. Remember, the city is offering free transit rides from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. New Year’s Eve, so even if you’ve spent your last dime bringing in 2014 at a house party or bar, there’s no excuse to get behind the wheel. And don’t forget about those resolutions!
Next week its all about the best and worst resolutions, how to keep them.
Happy New Year, and pass the noise maker.
JOKE THIS WEEK
On New Year's Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living.
What happened next was embarrassing. As the clock struck 12, the bartender was almost crushed to death.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 28, 2013