Hate New Year’s eve

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

IF you are one of those peo­ple who hide un­der the du­vet at mid­night curs­ing the fire­works and wish­ing you’d taken a sleep­ing tablet sooner, then you are one of a grow­ing brigade of “anti-New Year” party poop­ers.

Stud­ies have in­di­cated that peo­ple over the age of 40 are less in­clined to go out for a New Year’s bash or even cel­e­brate New Year at all. Sneak­ing to bed with a good video is top of the pops for these anti-New Year party poop­ers.

On Face­book, cou­ples are even cel­e­brat­ing their anti-so­cial be­hav­iour by post­ing pho­tos of them­selves in their py­ja­mas at home, toast­ing in the New Year with their cham­pagne. It’s all very civilised.

Wak­ing up to a New Year with a rag­ing hang­over and a vague mem­ory that the per­son you swapped saliva with was a less than savoury spec­i­men is not re­ally the thing to do when you have grown up chil­dren or a rep­u­ta­tion to pro­tect.

Count­ing down the hours — not sec­onds … un­til the big “Happy New Year” can be bet­ter spent catch­ing up on some much-needed beauty sleep. If you are sin­gle it is not likely you will be meet­ing Prince Charm­ing at a ran­dom pub­lic gath­er­ing at the stroke of mid­night.

It is far more likely that you will get the her­pes virus in a mass smooching ses­sion in­duced by the al­co­hol-in­duced sen­ti­men­tal­ity of the oc­ca­sion. Ugh!

Or if you are hop­ing to avoid be­ing kissed you can head for the pub­lic toi­let and wait un­til 1 am, by which time most de­cent folk have headed home.

Only the abysmally-drunk and crimi- nally-in­sane are likely to still be hang­ing around pre­tend­ing to be hav­ing a good time — and the cater­ers whose job it is to clear up, poor sods.

The anti-New Year poop­ers are likely to plan ahead and give a range of ex­cuses to avoid go­ing out on New Year’s Eve. Among the top ex­cuses they give are: they have to stay home be­cause they have to get up early to ex­er­cise. They have the flu (every year). They have to babysit — chil­dren, other peo­ple’s chil­dren, the ham­ster. They are go­ing to work the next day — it’s a pub­lic hol­i­day .

The anti-New Year folk are great at plan­ning their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions in ad­vance and every year they in­tend to avoid the next year’s an­nual New Year party. Fa­tigued by so­cial obli­ga­tions, fake bon­homie of the fes­tive sea­son and just sick of all the “happy, happy, happy” they’d rather wal­low in the re­al­ity of home.

The anti-New Year brigade are de­ter­mined to block out all ar­ti­fi­cial mer­ri­ment and while oth­ers are sleep­ing off their al­co­hol-in­duced “fa­tigue” the next morn­ing, they will be out­side with their lawn­mow­ers at 7 am.

If you set off your fire­works un­til 2 am, they will re­spond in kind by giv­ing the lit­tle kid down the road a vu­vuzela as a be­lated Christ­mas gift.

UK psy­chol­o­gist Sarah Jen­ner says that the pres­sure for peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in so­cial gath­er­ings af­ter Christ­mas causes anx­i­ety in some peo­ple who are not so­cially gre­gar­i­ous.

“Some peo­ple are more com­fort­able in their own en­vi­ron­ment and the idea of a party with vir­tual strangers causes them ex­treme anx­i­ety. They will go to any lengths to avoid meet­ing these com­mit­ments of­ten im­posed by oth­ers.”

Jen­ner said the idea that the New Year will also mag­i­cally bring new op­por­tu­ni­ties usu­ally gives peo­ple hope and cause for op­ti­mism but for oth­ers it causes a sense of ex­pec­ta­tion and this causes anx­i­ety.

So if you are an anti-New Year party pooper you were not alone and most def­i­nitely not the only one wish­ing you had a mag­i­cal fast for­ward but­ton.

Count­ing down the hours — not sec­onds … un­til the big Happy New Year can be bet­ter spent catch­ing up on some much-needed beauty sleep.

• Tr­ish Beaver is a free­lance jour­nal­ist and blog­ger — www.tr­ish­beaver.com

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