New Year’s Eve is typically one of the biggest celebrations around the world, with high amounts of excitable persons flocking to city centers (with a strong emphasis on New York City’s Times Square) to ring in midnight and the new year just right. However, this celebration/holiday can more often than not be described perfectly by John Oliver: “New Year’s Eve is like the death of a pet. You know it’s going to happen, but somehow you’re never really prepared for how truly awful it is.”
So, now that New Year’s Eve is finally upon us, what exactly can we do to make it not as terrible as it usually is? Perhaps staying inside away from freezing temperatures and large crowds is just the start of what we can do; below are some other plans to make your night as good as it can possibly be—try to have some fun!
Go to a friend’s house for a movie marathon: Who says you have to drop a ton of money to have a great New Year’s? This time around, just be mellow rather than making poor choices for your financial future; call up some friends, find something or a few somethings to watch on Netflix, grab some popcorn and celebrate the New Year like the cat lady you’ve always aimed to be. With Snowpiercer, Don Jon, and Drinking Buddies as only a few of the many options available, you’re bound to have a fantastic night, even if only from your comfy couch.
Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to start/finish: What with the holidays just recently finished, yet your time off of work still present, there are bound to be some new or forgotten books that you’ve been meaning to read and/or finish. There are a lot of amazing books that came out this year (NPR’s choice are listed here, and Buzzfeed’s choices are listed here) which you’ve probably been dying to read, right? Why not make tonight about literature rather than drunken idiocy you’ll regret tomorrow? Plus, you can always have a nice glass of wine or champagne to accompany you in your literary journey—check out this list to see what works best for drinking when you’re reading.
Limit your alcohol intake: Yes, New Year’s Eve celebrations are usually synonymous with copious amounts of alcohol. However, if you’re really interested in seeing the ball drop at midnight, or even being able to stand up until then to get a New Year’s kiss and make it home in one piece, why bother wasting a couple of paychecks on way too much alcohol? Try to limit your NYE “special beverages” to one glass of champagne and one other drink—that’s it. Otherwise, load up on the water as you prepare to dance the night away (and keep this in mind even if your TV or your book at your NYE companion).
Check out some low-key NYE traditions from other countries: Do you have 12 grapes in your fridge? How about some old furniture you’ve been looking to throw out? If so, you could be ringing in the New Year with some traditions that are representative of people from around the world. Look at some other interesting traditions here to give you some further ideas for some midnight fun.
Stay home: As you may have already established for yourself, staying home for NYE is usually the best option. According to Buzzfeed, there are even a lot of things you may have completely disregarded that can be exciting to do on this one night at home. Who says you have to spend a ton to celebrate, when all you really need are some cookies and WiFi? Sure, these plans may sound pretty run of the mill to some people out there, but if you’re comfortable and having a good time with some Milanos, there’s no judgment.
If you’re still waiting for the clock to strike midnight, have a fantastic and safe NYE everyone!