New Year’s Eve is upon us and as I walk around the stores buying things for my kiddos, the fancy heels and dresses always catch my eye.
I think about how it might be fun to pick something shiny and new out and spend an evening in the city at a fancy dinner or club and ring in the New Year with friends and good food and wine.
Then I remember I’ve done that before, I’ve done it as a young girl with my teenage friends, I’ve done it as a college student, I’ve done it as a grown woman.
It’s fun and all, but it doesn’t compare to staying home on New Year’s Eve because when you stay in.
Five Reasons to Stay Home on New Year’s Eve
- You can wear comfortable clothing.
Elastic waist pants, leggings, a t-shirt and long underwear– it is all acceptable to wear while lounging around your house to ring in the new year. There’s no peeling off SPANX or control top hose later in the evening which is never pretty– especially after some adult beverages.
- You can eat as much as you want.
You aren’t trying to impress anyone here. After all, you are already wearing clothing that makes stuffing your face on the last day of the year much more comfortable. Besides, most restaurants I know of don’t serve onion dip, Ruffles, or wine cheese with wheat things which are my foods of choice. You can keep your tiny portions of wild mushroom ravioli. I want to chow on New Year’s Eve and consume all the foods my mom used to serve us when we’d hunker down and stay in on the last night of the year.
- You can avoid people.
There are times I’m in the mood for lots of people and all their energy, but New Year’s Eve isn’t one of them. I’d much rather be snuggled in with my family watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, movies, or playing games. They are the most important people in my life and who I want to see before the year comes to an end. Also, they don’t expect you to talk or always be polite.
- You can doze off on the sofa.
Watching the clock strike midnight is fun, but if I’m going to make it, I need a few mini naps in-between all the celebrating, eating, and trying to keep myself awake. There’s nothing I want more on a cold winter’s night that my own sofa in the comfort of my home. It beats walking the cold streets and fighting crows any day.
- It’s so much cheaper.
I’ve gone out and dropped too much money on dinner, drinks, or seeing a band on New Year’s Eve more times than I can count. Getting a hotel and Uber ride there always sounds fun in theory until I’m lying there and can’t sleep because the mattress isn’t right, I’m stressed about all the money I’ve spent and I’m trying to plan out how I can retrieve my car the next day and do all the other things I’ve got scheduled because after all, a new year means new beginnings and you are supposed to start it off with a bang, right?
I like the holidays and I love visiting and spending time with friends and family. But by the time the last day of the year rolls around I’m exhausted from all the shopping, baking, traveling, and doing to get my butt out on the town. I’d much rather stay in with my family (or alone) and indulge in bad food with a clear picture of the ball dropping from my laptop or television screen under a blanket.
So, if you’re with me but are feeling like you should go out this year because it’s New Year’s Eve and you are deemed old and boring if you stay in, remember you get the last laugh because you are warm, comfortable and are starting off the New Year with more money than you would have had you gone out.
Not only that, but I’m sure you’ve done it enough times to realize saying in with the family is just much more rewarding and memorable than freezing your butt off, fighting crowds, and trying to find parking.