Tips on How To Survive New Year's Eve

Fun Without losing your head

 "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind.

Should Auld acquaintance be forgot for the sake of Auld Lang Sine"

  This strangeold song will be sung all over Britain but especially in Scotland on New Years' Eve or Hogmanay as they call it in Scotland..

                  The best way to have an enjoyable, relaxing, safe, New Years' Eve is to put your champagne on ice., choose your favourite chair or sofa and switch on the t.v. There will be revelries going on at different places on many t.v. channels.

    Ha. Ha. If you are young then this is just not going to happen ,is it? You'll be stepping out into the freezing evening wearing your paper thin dress, or a sparkly top with your pelmet. PELMET? Yes, my dad's favourite description of the tiniest mini-skirt."Call that a skirt. You can,t go out wearing that. It's a pelmet.  (For the young or confused a pelmet used to be 5 or 6 inches of material matching your curtains placed along the top to hide the curtain rods.) Boy ! Is my age showing.!I seem to remember wearing a coat but it had to be left open so your finery could be on display for one and all.

Been there !!   Done that  !!    Got the arthritis to prove it !!

                           If you are spending New Year's at a house party, and particularly if you've been invited to stay the night. You are on to a winner. What's the worst that can happen?  You could wander into the wrong bedroom but someone will soon push you in the right direction.. No, the only thing to be watchful of here is how you handle your alcohol intake.

Do you really want to be the person at New Years' Day breakfast who everyone is staring at? No-one says anything., and you'll be sitting there thinking 'what did I do?'  At least that's how you'll be untill the fried eggs arrive. At that point it is very likely that you will make a hasty retreat to the nearest bathroom to throw up. Now, we don't want that scenario do we?

There is an old adage that simply says "Take more water with it." It is not as silly as it sounds. When you are enjoying a few drinks, force yourself to have a full half pint of water every so often in between the alcoholic beverages. It doesn't spoil your enjoyment but it can go a long way to saving you from thinking that you are about to die the next morning. On the 1st Day of a New Year to NOT feel like you are dying ....is good.!

One of the saddest and scariest images I've seen over the last few years, is newspaper photos of young people staggering in the streets unaware of traffic and worst of all the picture of a young girl lying on the pavement unconcious. Where were her friends,?  I thought. How could they leave her on the road like that?  ANSWER,,,,,,,,,,,,,The rest of the crowd probably didn't even notice she was missing due to their own overindulgence with the demon drink.

            If you ever find yourself in that most horrendous of situations, waking up wondering how you got there.Check your purse,. If you still have it and everything that should be in it AND your underwear is exactly where it's supposed to be., count your blessings. and don't ever get that way again.  Many girls have not been so lucky when they've drunk too much.

                  The best way around this one ,(known in Britain as pub crawling) is to take notice when your friends AND you are ready to move on to the next venue, don't think that you must drain evey last drop of liquid from your glass, then visit the ladies room on your own, , comb your hair. Great.!Guaranteed when you leave the ladies room you will not recognise a soul in sight. . You must leave each venue together. Stick together.

                                            Trafalgar Square, London

It's so easy to get lost in the crowd if you go somewhere like Trafalgar Square in London. It's a favourite place for thousands on New Years' Eve.. Similar to Times Square in New York, thousands of people congregate for the countdown to midnight..

Trafalgar Square became a bit of a problem because it has two beautiful , enormous fountains. Every year you'd see the bravest nutcases  (I say brave only because the temperature in December at midnight in London doesn't bear thinking about when you add fountains off water to the equation.)   I think it may be as much as 20 years now since the authorities had to make the decision to turn off the water in the fountains. It was causing too much chaos (pneumonia springs to mind)

          There are still thousands of revellers there every year and a heavy police presence but it seems no serious problems arise. It's the same in Madrid, Paris and New York.. People just wanting to have fun even though we all know realistically that January 1st of a New Year is exactly the same as the day before the last day of an old year. The troops will still be in Iraq and  Afghanistan., Wife-beaters and thugs of varying degrees will be at their 'business as usual, people will still be dying of cancer.... Yet there many , many good people who hope for a better future.  One of our Hubber friends,. Wannabwestern  has recently written an excellent hub reminding us of the good and the hope that is still in millions of usaround the globe.

Oh! and we mustn't forget Janus, yes , spare a thought for Janus,  the Roman, pagan god with 2 faces. One face looking back at the old year and one face looking ahead to the new year.It's where we get January, the name of the 1st month of the year from. Janus, the Roman god of new beginnings...... 

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Jess Killmenow 6 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

That's right, Dim. We had better all look backward and forward all the time if we want to see where we really are. Luckily, I am aged to the point that a 22-oz. beer is a big night for me. Past all that. Thanks for this insight into first night debauchery, and the word of caution. :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks for the feedback. My own youth makes me worry about some young people today. On a busy night I know how important it is to stick together. I managed to escape any trouble apart from a hangover, but some people behave 'over the top' and the evening can be spoiled. I love to see youngsters having fun like I did.,But as you say, It'll be cocoa and t.v.for me. Prob fall asleep before midnight.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great hub Dim. It's just another night. It's just another night. If it's too cold for a bike ride then it's movie day. NYs Eve is movie night. Thanks for a great hub. I'm surprised it didn't receive more comments. They were out celebrating!


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hee Hee Thanks Micky. You could be right. Still the comments I did get are from the some the greatest people I've met on Hubpages, especially you. x

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