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3 Alternative New Year’s Eve Celebrations

3 Alternative New Year’s Eve Celebrations

With Christmas rapidly approaching and the New Year not far behind, this is a good time to slow down and mindfully consider how we’d like to end this year and start the next one. The end of December is a time for setting intentions. I like to mark the transition in a way that’s in keeping with what I hope to bring into the new year. With that in mind, here are three alternatives to the typical New Year’s bash:

1. Cook Together - If you’re like me, the majority of your New Year’s dining has happened either at a restaurant or hovering over an hors d’oeuvre table. And that’s great – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed most of the year-end bashes I’ve been to. But if you’re in the mood for something different this year, invite over a few of friends and cook a meal together. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been cooking almost weekly with one of my oldest friends and it has been a wonderful bonding experience. Good, homemade food and great company – what better way to ring in the New Year?

2. Set Life Priorities – I recently read this blog on Mummy Whisper Blog about the benefits of setting life priorities instead of resolutions. The author of the blog, Lisa Pearson, believes that resolutions are simply another item on the long list of things we feel we need to get done – and as a result, all they do is stress us out. I couldn’t agree more!

On top of that, resolutions make us feel guilty. Resolutions are usually intended to “correct” something we think we’re doing “wrong.” We tell ourselves we need to get in shape, we need to organize our closets, we need to be better about answering emails – whatever. What we really need to do is treat ourselves with more compassion. Setting life priorities allows us to take stock of what we really value and what our true intentions are for the coming year without being so critical of ourselves.

3. Host a Talent Show - I know this sounds hokey but stay with me. Recently, a musician friend asked if he could host a house concert at my place this spring. We’d gather a group of friends, open a bottle of wine and a box of dark chocolate and enjoy his music. That got me thinking – why not host a party with the goal of creating a space for all of my friends to share their talents? I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of brilliant friends. They’re chefs, writers, musicians, artists – and I for one would love to intentionally set aside a time to appreciate their brilliance.


What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? I’d love to hear your ideas!


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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2:37AM PDT on May 15, 2013


4:54AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

It's good to include some break-through

9:27PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

my new years eve...will be & my guy up north

10:37AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Thank you for the ideas!!

7:48AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

I really like the idea of life priorities over resolutions. I wrote up a list of resolutions, which I posted in my LiveJournal, last week and though I did have some solid goal ideas, most of what I really want abstract. I also am going to fail the resolution I set for this year, which was to finish a first draft of a novel, because though I'm really close, but I don't want to push through the rest forcefully just for pride. I spent a lot of energy on writing this year, and I'm proud of that. That's what really matters.

1:11AM PST on Dec 21, 2012


10:54PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Hijinks at the Portsea Pub followed by a dip in the ocean and fireworks, wooohooo! :)

10:44PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Planning to stay home with family. I had a former boss (who had been a cop) once refer to New Year's Eve as "Amateur Night." While I've been out on New Year's Eve in the past, I will not do so this year.

5:08PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Up here in Wisconsin, it's too dang cold to go out on New Years Eve, so I just don't.

1:25PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Nice idea. It's sometimes fun to do something a little different from the norm.

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