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Bringing in the New Year-Then and Now

Updated on December 31, 2011

Bye Bye 2011

New Year’s Eve brings with it a grand celebration all over the world! Libations, fireworks, parties, resolutions…and the list goes on. As a child, I rarely stayed awake until the midnight hour to bring in the New Year, but as a teenager and young adult, the celebration was something I always looked forward to, and even made it to New York one year to watch the ball drop. Looking back, I think my expectations were unrealistic in a “When Harry Met Sally” sort of way, and never did the night end with me kissing the perfect guy while Auld Lang Syne played in the background. In fact, except for New York, I remember the awful champagne hangovers much more than the celebrations themselves!

At some point, I no longer felt obligated to go out and party the night away and magically, those awful next day hangovers with greasy hamburger and French fry antidotes became a thing of the past. I began to take a more sensible approach to celebrating New Year’s Eve as age crept into my bones, and yawning moved in around 9:00 p.m. My partying consisted of dining out, having a couple glasses of wine and sometimes staying on the scene until midnight, but more times not. Without the dreaded hangover on New Year’s Day, I felt good enough to cook black eyed peas for lunch (a Southern tradition for good luck and prosperity.)

Today is New Year’s Eve and I deliberately have no plans; except to relax, write this hub and if I'm lucky enough to stay awake, Dick Clark and I, along with millions of others, will watch the ball drop once again.

Yes, my way of celebrating the coming New Year has changed quite a bit over time, but they’ve all been special in some way. Now for the last twenty minutes of 2011, I shall be entertained by Lady Gaga and others, while resting under the covers in bed. Happy New Year, my dear Hub friends. May your 2012 be everything you hope for and more!! God bless.

Auld Lang Syne


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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thank you Vinaya and Sunasia22 for taking the time to check out my hub!! So glad you liked it.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      What a way of celebrating your New Year! Thanks for this awesome article. Voted up!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Though I belong to different culture, I have also observed the difference of new year celebration. Thanks for this remarkable writing.

      Have a wonderful 2012

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for stopping by Eiddwen! I never catch up either, so know what it's like!! See ya around in 2012 and look forward to your hubs as well.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I loved this one and I am so glad I visited your place first.

      This one is great and has to be awarded an up up and away !!!

      I have so much catching up to do but with a committed day I should be on top by tonight-lol- Are we ever ?? Ha ha !!

      We had a quiet new years but we enjoyed and here's to reading more of your great hubs.

      Take care my friend.


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      alidee1480 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed the hub!!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Kathy H.- you really celebrated!! I bet it was lots of can always watch fireworks in bed on tv, but you can't do Vegas every year!!

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      What a great hub! Happy New Year! :) We were at a local casino here in Las Vegas, nearly every slot machine was being used (Las Vegas is a CRAZY place, just made for a holiday like New Years!!) I won $5... when I saw I was up by $5 I cashed out... I'm such a big time gambler (NOT!!!) Then we watched fireworks at midnight and drove home and went to bed. This is the most we've done for New Year's in years! Living in Wisconsin before this, we were usually in BED around 10 pm! Ha!!! Happy New Year! :)

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Sub Ron 7, So you had that kiss at 21-pretty good! I love Lady Gaga for many reasons and enjoyed her last night. Love her energy. Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Nice hub, Picklesandrufus, I "wanted" to stay up and watch Lady Gaga, but didn't. (I recently saw some pictures of her without her makeup and such; she's quite an attractive girl, "I" think.) Just once in my long life have I experienced that perfect kiss at midnight. I was 21 in a Honolulu bar and she was a barmaid. I don't know why she chose me but that kiss was memorable.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks Lord de Cross and Deborah! Happpy New Year to you as well.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Happy new Year... I am doing Karaoke.. with my much fun..

      Have a great year


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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Great hub Pickles&rufus!

      Happy new year!