5 Things NOT To Do on New Year’s Eve


Published December 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm


New Year’s Eve is different from Christmas in the sense that anything — well, almost anything — goes. You can get a little sloppier. When we wrote our holiday party guide, we encouraged you not to talk smack, vomit or have sex with a horny intern who means nothing to you. Those same rules don’t really apply on New Year’s Eve because you’re definitely allowed to vomit.

That said, there are still some helpful tips to keep in mind when doing it up in Mississauga on the biggest party night of the year.

Without further adieu, here is insauga’s sage advice!

5) Don’t Be Too Focused on Meeting Someone

If you’re partying at Failte or &Co, you might be hoping to make an eternal and everlasting love connection. If that happens, great! If it doesn’t, don’t be too disappointed. New Year’s Eve parties — especially in bars and nightclubs — tend to be loud, raucous and chaotic. It’s hard to have a meaningful conversation over the pulsating bass emanating from the DJs MacBook Pro/”Turntable,” so don’t expect to bond and philosophize over Drake. Enjoy your drinks, the music and your friends.

4) Don’t Be [Too] Cheap

Once, many moons ago, I stood in limbo on the icy streets of The Annex for 10 minutes longer than I wanted to because my friends were arguing over whether a $25 cover charge was too much (it wasn’t and they were crazy). On New Year’s Eve, a $25 charge is typically par for the course — even if you’re celebrating at a casual pub. If you don’t want to spend any more than you would on a cheap bottle of vino, stick to house parties. Or head to Celebration Square for complimentary entertainment all night long.

3) Don’t Be Dieting

New Year’s Day is the day to bemoan holiday excess and promise to lose 30 pounds by the May 2-4 weekend. It’s also the day to buy (and subsequently cancel) a gym membership. New Year’s Eve is for alcohol, cheese and greasy Mr. India samosas and pakoras. Dieting on New Year’s Eve is disgusting and immoral.

2) Don’t Kiss Someone You Don’t Like

I once heard a rumour that kissing someone you don’t like on New Year’s will lead to at least two years of bad romantic luck. While I’m terribly superstitious, you probably aren’t and you probably think everything I just said it stupid. That’s fine. You’re probably right. That said, my point stands — don’t kiss someone you’re not into just because the thought of standing alone, cold and unloved, at the stroke of midnight is too much to bear. There’s no shame in ringing in 2020 wrapped in your own loving embrace, surrounded by couples kissing fervently and stroking each other’s hair. Love yourself. Or kiss someone you kinda/sorta like.

1) Don’t Have Unreasonably High Expectations

There exists a persistent untruth that New Year’s Eve is supposed to be magical. That it’s supposed to be a night of reflection and resurgence, a changing of hearts and seasons and the start of new beginnings. It’s none of those things. It’s the beginning of the next calendar year and you will wake up on January 1 the exact same person you were on Dec. 31. And you know what? That’s okay. Don’t expect the party of a lifetime, a legendary night to remember or the dawning of a whole new you. Enjoy your friends, your family, your partner (if you have one) and celebrate the passing of yet another year where you did not die.

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