Did you know that New Year is one of the most internationally recognized holidays? I mean, how could you not – every year you say goodbye to the previous year so you can welcome the beginning of the New Year. Each New Year you make new promises to yourself and seek opportunities that you hope will change your life for the better. You become a true optimist and believer that the New Year will be better than the old so you prepare for it days, sometimes months in advance.
I, as well, am that person. I believe that the New Year will bring new opportunities, as well as challenges that I will be prepared to face. Each year, I celebrate the passing of the old year only to greet the new.
- Celebrate home with family and friends.
I have celebrated New Year with family and friends a couple of times and can say, without a doubt, it is just as fun as going out but better. For one, it’s cheaper because you can buy whatever alcohol you want, and cook whatever food you like. You don’t have to go out shopping for that perfect dress, or spend money on hair and make up. You can dress up or down depending on what the group has decided. And, you don’t have to worry about the club closing at 2 AM.
- Celebrate at a club/hotel/banquet hall.
If going out is what you prefer to do, make sure to make reservations in advance. Also, make sure to check what the ticket price includes (open bar, appetizers, champagne toast, etc). I have celebrated at a venue once and can say that it is a lot of fun. Everyone is dressed exceptionally well and is there to have a good time.
- Celebrate away from home.
Out of all of the New Year celebration options, I have celebrated away from home the most. I find it to be the most relaxing and carefree, especially when surrounded by the people that have been there for me throughout the year. If renting a house away from home is what you would like to do, go to homeaway.com and chose a house that best suits the group of people you will be celebrating with. Since I am from Chicago, I prefer houses in Wisconsin or Michigan that are away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I also prefer houses that are in close proximity to ski/snowboarding slopes for a day out of the house. Celebrating New Year away from home is also a MINI VACATION with friends that you don’t typically get to do due to differences in schedules. If this is a way you want to celebrate, start looking a month or two in advance because houses get booked really, really fast.
- Celebrate watching a fireworks display.
This is something that I have never done but hope to eventually do. From what I have read and heard, it is quite the experience. I am sure it’s packed with people and there is not much wiggle room but I think it’s worth it.
How did you celebrate New Year?