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5 reasons New Year’s Eve celebrations are overrated

An enjoyable New Year's Eve celebrations doesn't have to entail a party. Source: Shutterstock

It’s that time of the year again. Christmas has just passed and the dawn of a new year is upon us.

This also means the excitement revolving New Year’s Eve is bubbling over, for some of us at least.

New Year’s Eve is synonymous with dressing up, parties, music, and crowds. But here are five reasons the celebrations can be overrated.

The high expectations to do something

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When it comes to New Year’s Eve, there’s always pressure to make plans, be it a small house party, going to a club, or to watch a countdown or fireworks display.

However, the expectation to do something can get exhausting if you aren’t in the mood to make plans – peers can make you out as a loser for not doing anything.

Additionally, if you do have plans, there’s the issue of where to go, how to get there, with whom and what to wear. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to go out partying or drinking and making their way through a packed crowd, which can get stressful and overwhelming.

It’s not the end of the world not to kick off the New Year based on society’s definition of a “bang”.

Making New Year’s resolutions you may not necessarily keep

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Before the New Year begins, many of us get tangled in a web of making new goals and lamenting how the New Year acts as a clean slate and a chance for us to have a fresh start in life.

But a fresh start doesn’t have to start in the New Year, folks. A fresh start can begin now, or even six months into the New Year. For example, if you want to lose weight, why wait till Jan 1?

You don’t have to wait for a specific time to take action – anytime is the perfect time to make new goals and to be the change you want to see in yourself.

Having to spend more money than you’d like

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It’s always nice to hang out with friends but when you total the cost of eating out, transportation, drinks and, for some, buying a new outfit for the occasion, New Year’s Eve can become an expensive affair.

To boot, throngs of New Year’s Eve revellers will be making their way towards where the action is, so you can expect the demand for transportation, especially e-hailing services such as Uber, to be high.  This translates to dropping big bucks for transport, in addition to long waiting times.

Not to forget, major roads will likely be closed for the occasion, which means most roads will be choked with traffic.

When you think about it, staying at home on New Year’s Eve doesn’t sound like a bad idea after all.

Being around people who have had too much to drink

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While there’s nothing wrong with ringing in the New Year with a little bit of alcohol, the problem arises when you find yourself surrounded by people who have had one too many drinks. It’s worse if you’re a non-drinker who is surrounded by others who are intoxicated.

The evening becomes less enjoyable when the crowd gets a little too rowdy or when people are beginning to spill their drinks. Sometimes, a great night out is ruined by too much alcohol.

Fireworks that scare animals

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Catching colourful fireworks display on New Year’s Eve can be a fun way to ring in the New Year.

However, for those who have pets at home, these dazzling display of lights can be terrifying for our furkids. The loud noises are enough to make them anxious and fearful.  

To boot, a dog or cat may run out of the house due to the commotion, making it stressful not just for your pet, but for you too if they go missing.

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