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AIBU to hate New Year

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Mamie Mon 31-Dec-12 07:52:37

I like Christmas, but I absolutely loathe the New Year "celebrations". I hate all the boring, retrospective TV and newspaper stuff, I can't abide concerts from Vienna and the TV programmes are just awful. We never stay up to see the new year in (not even in 2000), but at least here in rural Normandy we don't get woken up by other people's ghastly fireworks. I shall be so glad when it is the 2nd January.
Grumpy emoticon.

JessM Mon 31-Dec-12 08:06:06

Yeh Mamie I thought we had just had one midwinter bacchanalia! Another one a week later?. At least you are not living in firework land and maybe you don't get pissed phonecalls from people in pubs at 12.30 either? grin Mind you since the recession there are far fewer fireworks round here, they used to be an all year round post 11pm on a saturday night feature a few years back.
I think last year we went to the cinema - which was quiet and closed early - a good time to go. This could be The Hobbit night.

Nanado Mon 31-Dec-12 08:14:16

Tend to agree about the firework especially. My poor dogs will be shaking and cowering for hours. And the TV is always dire. hmm

Bags Mon 31-Dec-12 08:22:59

The phone problem would be solved by unplugging it. The TV and radio problem would be solved by switching them off. Can't do much about fireworks, I suppose. If our current weather continues (strong winds, lotsa wet stuff), perhaps there won't be much of that around here either. Sometimes I sleep through it anyway.

Happy Hogmanay, folks! smile

vampirequeen Mon 31-Dec-12 08:52:34

I can't be bothered wth New Years Eve. It's just an overhyped, alcohol fuelled shindig. An excuse for those who feel the need to get absolutely blotto and wake the rest of the world up shouting 'Happy New Year' in the street on their way home.

I stay up because there is no point in going to bed until the fireworks, the shouters and the taxi doors are over.

kittylester Mon 31-Dec-12 09:35:36

I welcome New Year because it marks the end of the Christmas madness.

DH's brother and his wife usually come to us, we have a nice meal and, around 10 o'clock, decide it must be New Year somewhere so we can go to bed. grin

JessM Mon 31-Dec-12 09:43:25

Yes it will be 2013 in the Chatam Islands in half an hour.

Barrow Mon 31-Dec-12 09:47:37

I dislike all the programmes looking back, lazy programming in my opinion.

I don't do New Years Resolutions, I know what I need to change and just because we are starting a new year doesn't alter that.

As the local pub is charging £7.50 just to get in and I certainly don't want to drive anywhere I will be staying in, have a couple of glasses of wine and put on some DVDs

Happy New Year to everyone!

Mamie Mon 31-Dec-12 09:51:58

Glad it's not just me! No, we don't get pissed phone calls here, I had forgotten those. Just been talking to my son and they have tonight when their town in Spain is dreadfully noisy and then a third round next weekend for Three Kings, when the children get more presents.

Faye Mon 31-Dec-12 09:58:36

I have been staying in Brisbane with my son, DIL and GSs over Christmas. They have gone to stay over night at their friend's house for New Years Eve. Peace for me, I love time to myself and as soon as they left I went for a long bike ride which was lovely. I rode along a bike path and enjoyed looking at some of the lovely old Queenslanders (houses) and as I rode I could see the river and the boat yards and then the sea. There was a lovely breeze and as it was late afternoon the weather here was very pleasant. I think I will make a New Years Resolution for a change to get my bike tyres bindi proofed and go riding when I get back to Victoria. It won't be the same without this lovely scenery and bike paths but I have only taken a couple of days to get back into riding and I love it.

petallus Mon 31-Dec-12 10:10:30

New Year's Eve is what you make it.

It has become a tradition in the last few years that my brother and his wife come over for the evening.

We have dinner and then sit around chatting and laughing, trying to last out until midnight when we watch the fireworks on the television and also around and about where I live (from the bedroom window).

Then they go home.

I also get quite excited at the thought of a new year beginning.

Anne58 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:24:26

I hate it, as I've already made very clear on another thread!

Ella46 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:34:03

Me tooooo!!
I just ignore everything and my Xmas decorations (insignificant as they are smile) will be coming down today.

Normal life resumed tomorrow.

Anne58 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:45:50

This is what I said about the whole thing on Lil's Bar,

I too hope that it will be better, mainly with regard to the job thing, but all this kissing and hugging (not that I'm averse to kissing and hugging!) and "let's hope this year will be better than the last" type thing on New Years Eve makes we want to puke! Like I said, same old sh%t, with a different number on the end.

Let's be honest, if each year was better than the last, once one had reached a certain age, life would be so utterly perfect that one would barely be able to function for the permanent state of orgasm that would ensue from all that blissfulness!

Nelliemoser Mon 31-Dec-12 11:08:57

mamie I agree totally and posted such on another thread.
* 2012 gone in 17 hours.*

Ana Mon 31-Dec-12 11:18:05

We've ignored it for the past few years - tomorrow's my last chance for a lie-in before I go back to work so I'm not ruining it by having too much to drink or waiting up until all the madness is over.....

Nanado Mon 31-Dec-12 11:58:00

New Year's Eve hold one very sad memory for us. We'll get through it as best we can, as we have been doing for the last four.

kittylester Mon 31-Dec-12 12:00:52

(((Hugs))) nanado flowers

Ella46 Mon 31-Dec-12 12:01:06

Nanado (((Hugs))) xx

gracesmum Mon 31-Dec-12 12:53:54

I used to wonder why my father as he grew older hated being wished a Happy New Year, and being Scottish, of course much is made of it there. But as he said- what is there to look forward to? Another year of increasing infirmity, loneliness (Mum predeceased him by 6 years) if not poverty, then cetainly not riches. And in case I am making him sound a complete misery, he was anything but and loved seeing his grandchildrren or hearing about their exploits. He was generally known as a cheerful friendly person with a wicked sense of humour, but when he was being honest, well, that was what he felt.
Last night in bed, I had turned the light out, DH was sleeping peacefully beside me and I found the tears running down my cheeks as all the worries and sadnesses of the world - even peripheral ones flooded in; DD's friend, who like her has 2 little children and has been diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer with a prognosis af 6-12 months at best; youngest DD's psoriatic arthritis and the pain she suffers; DH's health - will it continue to decline and how bad is that going to get - having been there once before, I have an idea; my own ageing- can I look forward to another 15-20 (if that)years of reasonable health or declining faculties? As I said - all sorts of thoughts came flooding in, from the dog to money and I think I probably cried myself to sleep.
Sorry to whinge on here and I hope now this has been said it can be expunged. I found it very frightening as I reckon to be quite a strong and resourceful person, but gosh this was something else. sad
So am I looking forward to 2013? Hmm. hmmBut I can and do wish all here good things - health and good fortune to you all and those you ove.

crimson Mon 31-Dec-12 13:09:21

Do understand gracesmum. I phoned up HQ today to make tentative enquiries about some sort of retirement which will, at least make next year a year of change of some kind. I'm quite pleased that it's New Year because I do want some sort of 'closure' on this one. And I've not slept very well over the past few nights. Shall, however be making some NY resolutions and intend to follow them through. Our poor dogs will be wretched tonight as well [must get the drugs out and start dosing her up]. However, wretched as you might feel, most of your sadness is due to your sadness for the pain that other are going through and, better to be the sort of person of that ilk [which you are] than one who doesn't care, even if the burden does get too much sometimes. Happy New Year to you; let's look back in a Year's time and say 'well, it wasn't too bad, was it?'

gracesmum Mon 31-Dec-12 13:15:16

Good plan, Crimson - memo to self - Get a grip smile

crimson Mon 31-Dec-12 13:21:40

I think the doctrine of 'only worry about the things that you can do something about as there's no point worrying about things you can't change' is a good one. Do I pay heed to it myself? Of course not sad.

soop Mon 31-Dec-12 13:28:52

gracesmum I found your post very touching. Just prior to Christmas, I felt the same way...'though for different reasons. You do not need to "get a grip" because your emotions need to be acknowledged. To weep for sad reasons, isn't weak. It is all part of being a sensitive, good, kind human being. Although I'm unable to cheer you, I do send all good wishes that, like me, and countless others, you will begin to surface and be stronger for having shared your pain. sunshine

Granny23 Mon 31-Dec-12 13:29:08

Of course no one is being unreasonable in hating New Year, what you all describe sounds dire. Nor am I being unreasonable in enjoying OUR New Year. We stick as much as we can to the traditional Scottish way of celebrating, fondly remembered from my childhood. So - Hogmany - much cooking and cleaning, beds changed, etc. No drinking until after the bells. Shortbread, Dundee Cake, Black Bun and bridge rolls on the 3 tier cake stand. Out into the garden to see the fireworks at Stirling Castle. First footing to the neighbours and them to us carrying fuel (lump of coal, log or shilling for the meter!), food and drink. Much blethering, singing and dancing - if the Telly is on it will be BBC Alba - I know it is in Gaelic but the music is GREAT.

New Years Day we will have a family lunch at T time (to allow a period for recovery) Broth, Steak Pie and trimmings, Ice Cream and fruit and then maybe more visitors in the evening. I believe the DDs are planning a quiz.
New Years Day+1, sleep, eat leftovers, maybe go to sales? What's not to like?