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Writer's Block: To auld lang syne

Posted on 2009.31.12 at 12:15
where am I: wintry warwick
How I feel about it all: blahblah
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Do you usually call your friends and/or family on New Year's Eve? Do you watch the countdown or ball drop on TV or choose to ignore it? What are your favorite New Year traditions?


Hmm. I'll go to work, and hopefully get home before all the drunk people leave the bars. I'll recover by waking up and being relieved that the stupid holiday is finally over.

Yeah, I know I sound cynical, but I hate New Year's Eve. It's just an exuse for everyone to get drunk. It's not the getting drunk that bothers me, not at all. It's millions of people acting like lemmings that makes me a little sick. It's basically a meaningless holiday as far as I'm concerned. New Year's Day is okay, especially when someone has a party with mimosas and lots of food, but I haven't gone to one of those in a long time.


And anyway, my new year starts in October:




In other news, I'm going to try to peer switch for Monday so I can go here.

In still other news, my (borrowed) car needs a new clutch, to the tune of $675.

In even more other news, I went to a Triple Goddess ritual (during a Blue Moon!) celebrated by Spiral Tree Grove, and it was awesome and all that good stuff, and also very nice to get back to Things Pagan again. I think I'll go to their Imbolc celebration also.

Comments:


Mijan
mijan at 2009-12-31 17:58 (UTC) ()
*grins* Yeah, my New Year begins at Samhain, too. But I do enjoy a good party with good friends. I just don't treat it like a truly significant event.

As for following the crowd... ten years ago, when everyone was freaking out about Y2K, my friends and I decided to just get away from civilization for the evening. We found a small, secluded lake out in the woods of New Hampshire. It had been a cold December with no snow, so the lake was beautifully frozen and ready for ice skating. We built a bonfire on the shore, lit the ice with the headlights from the car, and ice-skated in the New Year under the stars.

I think it was the best New Year's I'd ever had. :)

Bright Blessings!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-12-31 19:32 (UTC) ()
We built a bonfire on the shore, lit the ice with the headlights from the car, and ice-skated in the New Year under the stars.

Oh, that sounds gorgeous. I'd go for all of that, and maybe even try the skating thing despite the fact that I can't skate to save my life. :)

I guess I'm more jaded at the silliness of the holiday, the way it's portrayed in the media and stuff. Maybe if I did something special like that it'd take on some meaning.

Blessings to you, too, m'dear. *hugs*



Edited at 2009-12-31 19:34 (UTC)
exbex
exbex at 2009-12-31 21:09 (UTC) ()
I hear ya. I'm usually in bed by 11 PM on New Year's Eve, perhaps the most pointless of all the pointless holidays. The only one I care about much at all is Easter.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-01-01 21:29 (UTC) ()
I love Thanksgiving best, because it's nonsectarian and has lots of food, and also because I get to ritually listen to Alice's Restaurant with my family. Yeah, I know, dorkiest thing ever.

Edited at 2010-01-01 21:30 (UTC)
peacey at 2010-01-01 01:52 (UTC) ()
My goodness, wipe that snarl off your face and toss a handful of confetti! I agree that the year turns on January 1st is so very meaningless. It could be celebrated any day of the year. However, the holiday itself (and the moment the year officially turns) is far from meaningless. Consider first that humans are social creatures, thus they're behaving as humans, not lemmings, when they take advantage of an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. Coming together in a happy and celebratory way is a good thing, after all! Consider second that there is a base draw of shared experience when it comes to these kinds of large-scale events. A sense of bonding weaves through the human psyche when one realizes that they're participating in an experience shared by billions of one's brothers and sisters throughout lands near and far (though at different moments with New Year's Eve of course). I've always loved that aspect of the holiday more than any other. So cut loose your inner cynic and cut the human race some slack for mercy's sake. Oh, and Happy New Year! *tosses confetti*
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-01-01 06:27 (UTC) ()
Consider first that humans are social creatures, thus they're behaving as humans, not lemmings, when they take advantage of an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. Coming together in a happy and celebratory way is a good thing, after all!

See, I do this on Thanksgiving and Christmas--I do agree that social events with family and friends are wonderful (and I'm a big fan of the human race *g*), but I haven't done family things for New Year's Eve since my kids were all living at home. The lemming part isn't the social aspect, it's the "okay, we have to drink now" part (and honestly, this isn't about the evils of alcohol, because I love me some good alcohol when the occasion is right).

And the more I think about why I get all Bah Humbug about the holiday, the more I really think it's the way it's marketed. The media makes the whole thing into something that turns me off. I think next year I'll do something wholly personal to mark the occasion.

*hugs* Blessings for the coming year, devotchka. :)
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