Why I Don’t Celebrate New Years Eve

I can honestly say that I don’t get the appeal of going out on New Years Eve. You know when you have a night out planned and you convince yourself it’s going to be absolutely amazing, it never turns out that way. I feel like this post is probably going to make me look like a complete scrooge but I can’t be the only one that feels this way.

New Years Eve

It’s just a reason to get drunk

I’ve never really seen the point in going out to get blind drunk and I feel like that’s most people’s intention when it comes to New Years Eve. Everyone gets carried away which is completely their choice but you then find the amount of fights sky rockets when things go too far. I also can’t say that spending the first day of the new year feeling like I’m dying fills me with joy either.

A fresh start 

The whole new year, new me thing is something else I’ve never really understood. Nothing has changed from the 31st December and the 1st January. You are still the same person. As far as I’m concerned you can start reaching for your goals any day of the year, you shouldn’t need to wait for a certain date.

The expense

I’ve generally spent everything I have buying Christmas presents so scraping together money for NYE just isn’t going to happen. It is the most expensive night of the year. You have to factor in the cost of your outfit, taxis there and back and drinks. On top of that the places you would normally head to on a night out are now charging an entry fee. I would much rather go to a friends or stay in.

Someone always cries 

To be fair this has been known to happen on normal nights out (although not to me – I’m not much of a crier). You can guarantee someone will cry whether that’s down to alcohol or looking back at past mistakes. I’m not good with people crying at the best of times. On nights out your group always expands meaning more people you barely know. I don’t want to be spending my night awkwardly patting a stranger on the back telling them it’ll be ok.

It’s always an anti climax

I mentioned this before but there’s so much build up to NYE that it never ends up as good as you hope. I feel like once midnight hits you think you may as well just go home.

What do you do on New Years Eve? Do you celebrate it?


  1. Sarah Cale
    December 7, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I totally get where you are coming from. For the past 10 years we have been abroad for New Year. That’s because my birthday is 1st January and New Year Drives me mad here !! x

    • lifesacatwalk
      December 7, 2017 / 10:04 am

      I feel bad for people who have their birthday on Christmas Day too. When you birthday is around the festive period nights out and presents become joint Christmas and birthday x

  2. December 7, 2017 / 10:02 am

    For years it was just me and my golden retriever! Part of it was that I didn’t want her to be on her own or around a load of fireworks, but to be honest, I was glad of the chance to stay in! I might cook a nice meal, have a glass of wine and think about the good things in the last year. All of my friends wanted to be out doing other stuff, and I didn’t see the point of standing around in the cold, avoiding fights, paying to get in places, waiting for ages to get home, or paying double for everything, so I didn’t join them. Now I have a partner, so I’m not on my own, but we either invite friends round or visit friends at home. So you’re not the only one who feels that way!

    • lifesacatwalk
      December 7, 2017 / 10:07 am

      As a crazy cat lady I would hate to leave Missy to suffer with the fireworks on her own. I guess a lot of it has to do with priorities and I’d much rather stay in than have to deal with drunks!

  3. December 7, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    I don’t celebrate it either! I think while good for some people you shouldn’t wait until a new year to start towards important goals. Also it usually is just an excuse to get overly drunk. I understand why the general populous enjoys it, but I will be home with my cat and a good game!

    • lifesacatwalk
      December 7, 2017 / 2:10 pm

      My cat is my New Years Eve companion of choice!

  4. Chinyere Ogwe
    October 21, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    I like to celebrate New Year in my own way. I like to stay in a watch the fireworks on TV and musical performances. I hate the hype that surrounds going out and going crazy for NYE. Plus, I’m from London so I’d hate to go out and be surrounded by crowds and drunk people – that would drive me mad.

    I also agree with your point regarding the concept of a fresh start. I used to think ‘new year, new me, fresh start, new goals’ but I’ve learned that you can set goals at any time and you can start fresh at any point of the year without waiting until the new year. I no longer set goals at the beginning of the year – I just go with the flow and take things day by day and I work on small and achievable goals instead.

    For NYE 2017 and NY 2018, I stayed in, spent time on my own, stayed in my bed and watched Nile Rogers and the fireworks on the BBC. I was blissfully happy! 🙂

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