Hate New Year’s eve
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