5 Fresh Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

new years drunk

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Erin here…

I have to be honest–years of hosting New Year’s Eve events as a radio “personality” leaves me with a loathing for the Big Drunken Bar Fest. It’s depressing being the only sober one in the room and trying to give away prizes to people too drunk to remember their name, much less read the teeny tiny numbers on their winning tickets.  Maybe you’re just looking for something different because you’re different–you’re a mom now, or you’re newly single.  Here’s some ideas I found poking around New Year’s Eve celebrations across the globe.

5 Fresh Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

 

red undies

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1. Wear Red Lingerie: In Italy it is considered good luck to wear read underwear and lingerie on New Year’s Eve.  It is believed that wearing something red will give you good luck in love and relationships in the year to come.

 

night run

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2. Run: you don’t have to be training for a marathon to want to be stronger and leaner in 2015.  What better way to bring in the New Year than while exercising?  If you can run outside, bring a group of like minded friends and champange in the water bottle.  My friend Cheryl snow shoes through the forest with her family to greet the New Year in utter, perfect silence.

 

jumping into the pool

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3. Jump: in Denmark they have a tradition of climbing onto a chair and jumping off at the stroke of midnight. How about going a little bigger?  Jump into a (heated) pool or body of water. Jump without fear into the New Year and all the adventures you’ll bring with it.

 

paying debts

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4. Get Rid of Loose Ends: one of the many traditions of New Year’s celebrations in Vietnam, is a purging of unfinished business. Return all things you’ve borrowed and pay off any debts you can. Start off the new year with a clean slate.

 

flash paper

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5. Burn, Baby Burn: pick up flash paper from a local magic shop or order online from  Texas Pad.  Write your worries, troubles, frustrations and things you want to leave behind as you hear into the New Year.  Light and throw into a big pan or barrel–they flash white light with a very satisfying “whoosh!” as your troubles disappear along with 2014.

 

5 new ways to celebrate new years eve

Our personal New Year’s Eve tradition? We use sky lanterns-write down a worry or trouble you want to leave behind from 2014, and a new wish or goal for 2015. Your worries fly away to be consumed by the flame-and your wishes are marked down by Fate to come true. (Obligatory warning: we of course check with the local fire department wherever we do this to make sure we’re following local regulations.)

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