The holiday season is traditionally the time of the year when we all make the time to catch up with family and friends, especially if we’re feeling a touch guilty that we haven’t really spent the time with them we could or should have done in the year to date. The New Year holiday holds varying importance for people around the world. While some see it as just another day on the calendar, for others there is great meaning in the start of a new year, which is why sales of lifestyle and health books rocket for a few weeks after January 1.
Whatever your personal views on the New Year holiday, we looked at why it is important to spend this period with those closest to us, even if we have spent most of the last two weeks in their company.
New Year at Home
The benefits of spending New Year’s Eve at home with loved ones seem obvious. You will save a large amount of money first of all, and in addition to this it can be much more relaxed without the risk of one idiot in a bar ruining the evening for many others in attendance.
Most importantly, however, is that December 31 could be your last opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, with many returning to college or work on January 2. Although you resolve to see these people more next year than you did this, you never know what will happen, so that extra quality time is crucial.
What to Do
If you feel that the company of your loved ones is wearing thin, then don’t feel like a bad person, those feelings can affect many people after two weeks with the same people, no matter who they are. Look to spice up your New Year celebrations so that they feel as original and unique as the great time you had when you all first met up a week or two prior.
Fireworks are a great way to end the holidays, whether you have these as the clock strikes midnight or earlier in the evening. Handheld fireworks means that it is easy for children to interact, too, and the whole experience and atmosphere can be a fitting conclusion to what will have been a fun holiday season together.
Games are always exciting; especially when inhibitions are lost as you enjoy a cool beverage or two. The choice is yours in this respect, but avoid the same things as you did on Christmas Day – perhaps organise some kind of surprise game or entertainment to keep everybody on their toes!
Whatever you decide, make the most of the holiday season with friends and family, and if possible, keep that commitment to see more of them next year!