20130517-221615.movThere are two kinds of people in the world, those who go out for New Year’s and those who stay home. People who stay home are usually adamant that they won’t go out and look horrified at the thought of going out on New Year’s Eve. Those that go out are equally horrified at the thought of staying home.
For years, my husband and I were among the people who would go out for New Year’s Eve. We had a long-standing date with another couple for each New Year’s Eve that (at the time) never wavered, even through having kids, babysitters, what have you. There was something comfortable knowing that we always had plans, albeit every year, they were different. The key was that when people would inquire about what we were doing, we always had an answer, “We have plans.” There was something nice about being able to say that we already had it covered. There was something wonderful about spending the evening with good friends, whether we went out or stayed in.
Every year, we would choose a different venue, but we always knew that we would be spending New Year’s together with our friends. Some years we went out to dinner and dancing, or a concert, or comic show, or perhaps we’d just dress up in our finest, and stayed in and talked all night.
Then our friends got divorced and we never heard from them again. So, just like a new year, we began the cycle anew with new traditions. Instead of going out for New Year’s, every New Year’s Day, we’d ride our bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge. There was something spectacular about being in the brisk, morning fresh air, while other people were sporting hangovers, and with a sense of pride, we’d ride into the New Year.
We live in the country now and one of our first years here, we went to an old-fashioned hippie party in a tiny little red schoolhouse and rang in the new year with new friends and loud rock and roll. It was a blast. There’s nothing like New Years to start new traditions and peel away the layers of old ones. Now, our tradition may include taking a New Year’s Day walk in the mountains of towering pine trees, and we can see the snow-covered tips of the mountains of Lake Tahoe.
However you choose to spend New Year’s Eve or Day, whether you are a person who goes out for the night or are a morning person, whether you are following old traditions or are making new ones, I wish you and your loved ones a very spectacular new year!