As the year comes to a close, it’s time to head out in your glitziest get-up, drink some bubbly, and find someone to snog at the stroke of midnight – or at least that’s what television and movies have trained myself and many other singles to believe. Just last night I watched About a Boy for the first time and there was a scene of Hugh Grant’s character at a New Year’s Eve party making a move on Rachel Weisz for a New Year’s smooch. Uuugggghhh.
Life isn’t a romantic comedy, and no one is going to be racing to my front door right at the stroke of midnight a la Ryan Atwood in The O.C. to make sure I get kissed in the knick of time.
NOPE. NOT HAPPENING.
#PopCultureGaveMeUnrealisticExpectations #OnEverything #IncludingNewYearsEve
As cynical as I may sound at the moment, I’m actually quite content with only making out with a glass of champagne come 12 am — if I even stay up that late, anyway. As I get older and perpetually even more single, the tradition of the New Year’s kiss no longer depresses me, and I don’t think that going to a party, or being somewhere that has a potential midnight-kissing partner is of any importance or will be any indicator of the way my upcoming year will be.
I used to be a miserable single person on New Year’s Eve and I know there are some of you out there too. Y’all don’t have to be miserable! Unless you’re sick with the post holiday cold. In that case, get some Nyquil and drink all the fluids and get well soon.
Gather your friends and take a look at the possible things you can all do together (or solo if you don’t want to hangout with anyone) to ring in 2016!
Movie Marathon/TV Show Binge:
Pick someone’s place for your movie marathon or TV show binge destination! If you’re watching movies, having a theme is always a good idea too rather than watching random movies, or worse, spending forever on Netflix doing the “what should we watch?” shuffle, because by the time you all pick something, it’s going to be 2016 already. Pick whatever theme you and your friends would like, but maybe skip When Harry Met Sally because your tears will literally and metaphorically be salty. And don’t forget to bake some goodies to go along with your marathon! Or just order pizza. That’s so much easier.
Head out for dinner and a movie:
If you actually want to step outside and be amongst people, head to the theater. Plenty of great movies are out right now, like this one independent sci-fi fantasy movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I heard it’s gotten some good reviews. 😉
Bust out the classics like Clue, Monopoly, or get crude with a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. Or even setup your gaming system to get some multi-player game action going. I’m not sure about you, but in my experience, hilarity usually ensues when everyone’s competitive side comes out. And don’t forget to order pizza! All that smack talk will make you hungry.
Hangout with your family:
New Year’s Eve doesn’t equate to partying and getting piss drunk with your peers. If you’re still in town for the holidays, spend it with your family and apply suggestions 1, 2, and 3 to it. I know for a fact that my mom would be down for game night so long as it involves Bingo or Bunco.
Pinterest craft time:
You’ve been pinning all those craft projects and recipes all year long with the idea that you’ll do them one day. Today is that day! Craft stores are most likely still having holiday sales, so grab any last minute supplies with those coupons and get to it.
Absolutely nothing at all:
Just because a new year is upon us doesn’t necessarily mean you have to celebrate. What if you don’t want to? Then don’t! Go about your evening as you normally would. No need to feel pressure to celebrate due to societal standards.
You do you, boo.
And Happy New Year!