Is New Year’s Eve a big deal? Certainly lots of people find it a good excuse to party. But mostly the young it seems to me – those who are happy for any excuse to get loud together and drink. But for mid lifers? What’s New Year’s all about for us?
One thing it’s not – is freezing your ass off with a bunch of rowdies in some public square, listening to some over-promoted band you’ve never heard of. As we get older the been-there-done-that-don’t-need-to-do-it-again attitude applies to more and more common things. Even the battle for reservations for an over-priced, over-crowded New Years’ special at a local restaurant or club loses its appeal quickly as we enter middle age (been-there-done-… you know the rest).
In fact, I increasingly hear people admit they don’t even make it to midnight. Staying in and watching a good movie before falling asleep seems to appeal to more and more folks. But for those up for something more lively, staying in with friends over is a common go-to plan. At least it is for me. What about you? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
I’d like to pass along one old tradition that makes the arrival of the New Year kind of fun. The Scots like to open both your front and back door at midnight. You let the bad spirits from the old year out the back and the fresh beginning come in the front. To make it more fun, march out the back at midnight and around your house to enter at the front while singing Robbie Burns’ Auld Lang Syne. A wee nip o whisky (it’s not ‘Scotch’ to the Scots) will make the return inside even more welcome!
Whatever you end up doing, I wish you an enjoyable New Year’s Eve and a fabulous 2018!