What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Whenever I hear this question, I always think of this song. My favourite version is this one, performed by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Zooey uploaded to her YouTube channel in 2011 and it has received millions of views since.

When I was in my late teens and early 20’s, I spent New Year working in a nightclub. I supervised several of the bars and my shift would generally start at 7.00pm and finish at 5.00am the next day. It was hot, loud, ridiculously busy and I absolutely loved it. I got a buzz from the atmosphere, the music and the dancing – it was almost as if I were being paid to have my own little night out.

However, there seemed to be a point in my mid-twenties where my body and mind started to shudder at the thought of leaving the house on New Year’s Eve. For many years, when I was generally single, I developed my own little tradition – I would have a long bath, put on some clean jammies and I would spend the whole evening watching my Sex and the City DVD’s and drinking cheap alcohol until I fell asleep. I have no idea why I was single – surely most men would jump at the chance to spend their evening with a (rather drunk) northern, pyjama wearing numpty???

The Bloke and I haven’t been out for New Year’s Eve during our entire relationship. He doesn’t drink and we both are agreed in the fact that it is too busy, crowded and expensive, with little chance of getting to the bar, finding a seat or managing to get a taxi home, so we generally stay in with a film, the cats and an assortment of snacky treats. I did go to a karaoke party a few years ago, and I had fun, but I returned horribly drunk and spent the rest of the evening vomiting, which isn’t something that I am keen to repeat…

I sound so old…

What are your plans for New Years Eve?

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37 thoughts on “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

  1. We haven`t been in a bar for years and don`t miss the noisy environment one bit. Our friends have a rotating house party happening that starts with potluck appetizers. We will be going to the house party within walking distance from home this year. Many musicians will be there so live music will be what we enjoy. Happy New Year to you, The Bloke and the cats. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m with you on the jammies, a good movie and the cat …….. I always think of New Year’s out as suicide. Not something I’m into this year ……. I like watching the ball drop in New York if I can stay awake that long!

  3. I usually go out with a couple of girlfriends on NYE, but this year it’s going to be a house party, where we can stay warm (it’s bitterly cold out right now), eat food and have a few adult refreshments. I already told my girlfriend I’m bringing my jammies and staying overnight so I don’t have to worry about driving home.

  4. We usually get together with our crazy family and have some adult beverages and play board games and eat delicious food. We have a blast without all the insanity of the NYE crowd. πŸ™‚

    • That sounds so nice! I only have 4 in my entire family so there aren’t any parties as such, but you’ve inspired me to think about hosting one next year!

  5. I always enjoyed Skiing on New Years Day in the morning – everyone had been out the night before, so the ski hills were deserted, no lineups!

    Nice tune as well – I’ve been enjoying her ‘she and him’ Christmas and the New girl.

    • I’ve been dry-slope skiing once and i almost took some poor bloke’s leg off, so it’s not something that I want to be attempting again! Glad you like the tune!

  6. New years is overrated, I prefer to go out the day after when there are no queues in any of the pubs. On the night I just wait until the fireworks tail off and then have a well earned rest…well earned after an evening of doing nothing of course.

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  8. Last year, (it is almost like Wham’s song, “Last Christmas I gave you my love, the next day you gave it away…) I had a fabulous New Year’s Eve with who I thought was my forever boyfriend! Within five months we were done, so a total of twelve months together. This year, I am babysitting my four grandchildren (my son and daughter in law’s combined gang.) I am glad to have some fun and laughter, along with lots of hugs and kisses. It will be a fine evening. I have those pajama days a lot now, snuggly and fleecy p.j.’s will be put away if there ever is a warm body to keep me toasty!

  9. Well, I am only 25 and I don’t enjoy going out for New Years either! My hubs and I both enjoy the time at home – we usually snuggle and watch a movie. Neither of us are big drinkers, so no alcohol is even involved. We do stay up ’til midnight and wish a Happy New Year of course, but the idea of going out to celebrate it just doesn’t appeal to me. I’ve never been much of a party gal.

  10. i love going out for NY with my friends. have not done it lately due to my family commitments. but i hope to one day have a good NY party with my friends again! not a nightclub/ bar type of thing, but some sort of smart soiree, lots of commenters here give good ideas

  11. New year’s eve means having delicious food at my parents. I used to spend it with friends going out, but now me and my sisters and our partners have dinner and then play games. It’s great fun.

  12. In Scotland everything was so different – family and friends lived within walking distance. It was the same here until the 1985 depression when firms closed down and people, including friends and family moved away to other part of Australia to find work. Now I have my good lady, my dogs, a bottle of something wet. alcoholic and 22 years of age that has been slowly vanishing for the last five years. I figure ( party animal that I am) that at my present rate of consumption, I should finish it in about four years. Night in, air conditioner (39c) and the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo that we recorded earlier. Happy New Year…

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