Just a couple days ago, we celebrated New Year’s Eve. This time around I spent it in a small group of family and friends. We had some drinks, some food, some laughter. Not much more. No dancing. Nothing fancy. We did the countdown to midnight, toasted, sipped some champagne and then we split.
Since today is #ThrowbackThursday, I wanted to throw back to some of my old NYE parties. What I recall when I think of such celebrations, I think of clean clothes, sparklers and non-alcoholic champagne. Us kids would try and get as much TV in as possible while the parents were distracted having a good time. At midnight we would light up our sparklers, while the grown ups lit up a couple of real fireworks, we all drank some champagne (non-alcoholic for kids), and then the kids were expected to go to sleep. Most of the time we did, because staying up so late was a challenge in the first place. We all wanted to be adults as soon as possible. Grow up, stay up late, drink real champagne, and play with fireworks.
When that happened – meaning when we grew up, suddenly the NYE parties were not so appealing anymore. The forbidden fruit truly does taste the best. If it is within our reach, we do not feel the need to pick it.
The memorable NYE was the 2k one. All the media predicted the end of the world on the night of December 31st, 1999. Just before midnight, the electricity went off in the whole neighborhood. Even the adults were a little unsettled. But, as you can see, we are all still alive and well today.
Any memorable NYEs you would like to share?
How did you spend it this year?
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