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31 December 2007 @ 11:54 am
New Years...  
First, I want to say that I really truly honestly and sincerely hope that your 2008 is your best year ever and holds nothing but wonderful things for you.

Beyond that, I HATE New Years. I really do. I give myself permission to eat lots of cheese and drink myself into NotHatingItAsBad, but if any of you like New Years and have a great point of view on it, I'd love to hear it. From pretty much the day after Christmas, this darkness starts creeping up on me, culminating on the 1st and it sticks for WEEKS afterwards. The entire week has been a countdown to Facing Stupid Reality, the eventual putting away of the decorations (or the eventual feeling of being-crazy-holding-onto-the-past of not putting away the decorations), trying to find a way to get a working vehicle, facing the fact I DON'T have a working vehicle, trying to do all the things I can't avoid getting done but are almost impossible without a vehicle, waiting for the eventual reappearance of the bugs, doing all the things I've been avoiding because It's The Holidays, etc. etc. etc.

Yes, some people celebrate surviving another year (Yay! I'm not dead yet 0_o) or the chance at a new beginning (which you can have any day you choose to, and I tend to just see as another calendar filled with You Must Accomplish More THINGS).

So, you people who love this holiday, please tell me why, because I honestly want to see it your way. I don't want to loathe this holiday more than any other on the planet. Share??

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: In The Mood - Elliot Bros. with Thurl Ravenscroft
Egregiously Mislabeled Taxidriverbrendo on December 31st, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Less commercial than Christmas?
Frittersfritters on December 31st, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
You know, the commercialism doesn't bother me. The Christian in me tends to be amused that so many people get songs about Christ piped at them. ^_^ I also tend to get excited at low prices. Very Wilma Flinstone of me, I know...

"Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarge it!"
(no subject) - brendo on January 1st, 2008 06:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Vocabulary/Back Scritches: dance fairyspazzychic on December 31st, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)

I like and appreciate that every day is a new day to turn things around. But I like New Years because it gives me a set increment of time where I can reflect on the last year and create new goals for the next one.

But yeah, Jan is balls for everyone. People are broke, cold, and totally without a nifty holiday for months (and sometimes the one in Feb makes it worse instead of better). :P

Anyway, like the rest of the dark side of the year, I use it to find my center and drink some cocoa so the ass kicking can start when I thaw.
Frittersfritters on December 31st, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
So.... it's a respite?
(no subject) - spazzychic on December 31st, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fritters on December 31st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - postrophe on January 1st, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: House bidnessraislak on December 31st, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry never been a big holiday for me, can't really post an argument for it.

But I do wish you a better year my friend!
Fritters: Ed Waves by kizzmonfritters on December 31st, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon. Super-fortuitous wishes to you, too ^_^
lironesslironess on December 31st, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
It is another excuse for me to get out of the house and party with as many friends as I can.

Through the year, having many related problems with stuff in my life, I find it useful to just try to do one thing at a time. Whatever needs most to be done next.
Somehow focusing on that one thing keeps me from sploding.
Fritters: Bitter Ray of Sunshine by Frittersfritters on December 31st, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I don't tend to go out much as I tend to be extra wary of being on the road between 9pm and 7 am this holiday...
sombersigh on December 31st, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
May your journey out of winter's claws be reasonably short, my friend. And safe, too.

I feel your heaviness - we are much alike, you know. All the best for the New Year!!
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on December 31st, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: May your journey out of winter's claws be reasonably short, my friend. And safe, too.
Nothing but good stuff for your New Year, too.

And it's not so much the Winter, being in Cali and all, as it is the workload and expectations...
I wish... - sombersigh on January 2nd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: I wish... - fritters on January 2nd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
So strange, this feeling - sombersigh on January 3rd, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: So strange, this feeling - fritters on January 3rd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Dessie Octavia: Bottoms Updessieoctavia on December 31st, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
I hate this holiday too. My dear friend grey_bard was surprised at first to hear this; apparently she finds it "comforting" to know that the years will continue in their cycle. Then she acknowledged that for someone with my temperament, it must be the worst possible holiday: "More years. Yay. Give me another drink."

I only dread my birthday more.
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on December 31st, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'd dread my birthday more if I didn't declare myself Queen that day and expect people to give me more leeway in everything.

I'll have to try that "comforted that things continue in their cycle" thing. Not expecting great bushels of glee from it, but it might help a bit.

Nice to know I'm not the only one who gets rubbed wrong by the holiday.

I've just noticed, no one has commented yet who really truly enjoys the holiday. Maybe EVERYONE is just faking it??
(no subject) - dessieoctavia on December 31st, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Phoenix Anew: see no evil..phoenix_anew on December 31st, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
I had a group of friends who really celebrated New Years with a bang. Literally. My brother is probably over there hanging with them right now, or will be soon.

They get TONS of firecrackers (even though it's technically not legal in our city, many do it anyway) and spend most of the night blowing things up. They also pass around a list where everyone gets to right down one wish for the new year.. you don't have to write your name if you don't want to. When midnight comes around that list gets thrown into a box with lots of explode-y crackers and burns up, supposedly making it come true. I also see the ritual as a way of burning up all the bad things that have happened to you in the year and making way for more positive things in the New Year.

Of course, it's also ridiculously dangerous and the fact that none of them has been seriously injured yet is a miracle. However one could probably have a safer not quite as explode-y but still exciting time if they had the right area and access to the fireworks.

As for me, I'm having a bunch of friends come over. Some of us will drink, some of us will play Rock Band, some will just hang out and talk and laugh. I.E. It's just another excuse to party.
Frittersfritters on December 31st, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Rock Band sounds nice. I'd love an explody party, too. You should see the illegal stuff they set off around here on 7-4.
Matthew B. Tepper: Alec Guiness Ladykillersasimovberlioz on December 31st, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
New Years' I don't mind, so long as I have a party or something to be at, or people to be with. I spent the actual milennial cusp sick and at home, which was bad enough, but I had already paid $$$ to attend a big bash given by My Other Social Group of the time.

For me, the in-the-crapper holiday is in about one-and-a-half months. And this year it falls on a Thursday, and I have Responsibilities there again, so I can't just stay home. Expect some "Bah humbug!" from me at that night's lasfs meeting!

Anywho, I hope 2008 will start out well for you and thudpucker, and then just keep getting better.

For that matter, I hope it will also be a good year for thudpicker and pigfucker, even though I don't know them.
Fritters: Cat LOL by Frittersfritters on December 31st, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)

I should take the alternate lj name thudpicker, just to confuse people...
krystalemerges on January 1st, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
not exactly my favorite, but...
I am glad to have postrophe in my life and for that I am happy.

I have company as you know and my bit for the evening was to go somewhere crazy and invite many others, so between us all it should be a bit of fun, I recognize the need to be safe, but really Universal should be fun tonight...at this point there are about 10 or 12 of us meeting up in front of the Hard Rock at 9pm and kicking around the city walk thing til midnight...

hugs and we'll think of you either way...
Fritters: AD - Osaka Looking About by frittersfritters on January 1st, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: not exactly my favorite, but...
So how did it go?
Re: not exactly my favorite, but... - krystalemerges on January 2nd, 2008 05:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
rose_amethyst: newyr credit <lj user=" title="rose_amethyst: newyr credit " />rose_amethyst on January 1st, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I really understand your fog. It can be a really depressing season- summer gets me like that with its oppressive humidity.

You might see an improvement as you get further away from the school calendar and january's emptiness between semesters.

HAPPY NEW DAY and huggies for each one of them!
Fritters: Ed Resting by Frittersfritters on January 1st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
The emptiness will probably be part of it, I'm taking this semester off, partially because I don't have transportation.
sad picture of girl getting bitterer: Rebelqphelia on January 2nd, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
I don't LOVE New Year's, but there are things about it I like. Here's a bit of MHO:

- First off, I'm from New York. 'Nuff said there.
- I like New Year's because it doesn't have any religious affiliation. I adore the Christmas spirit and all, but when Christmas Eve/Day actually rolls around, I feel like a less dramatized Little Match Girl looking in at all the cozy houses and families while I twiddle my cold thumbs. Sure, I've got Chanukah, but I always celebrate it alone, because it usually takes place before the vacations begin. New Year's is a day everyone can be a part of if they want to.
- It's an excuse to celebrate, and I'll take any excuses I can get - ESPECIALLY in the dead of winter.
- It only has as much meaning as you give it. Granted, any holiday is such, but there will always be people trying to shove different meanings down your throat (and this isn't just for Christmas). Companies try to encourage you to buy gaudy decorations and chocolate, while fundamentalists whine about how the "true meaning" of any holiday is slowly becoming lost and forgotten. Chances are that they don't even know the original traditions that were practiced before the 1850's anyway. The idea of New Year's is as old as the calendar (not just the Gregorian one, mind you), and the concept is basic enough that it's been preserved, despite the traditions changing.
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on January 2nd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
It only has as much meaning as you give it.

I know that, that's why I celebrate my birthday so big. But no matter how many times I try to give it meaning, try to like it for reasons other people like it, it still feels cold and hollow.

I think I need a really good argument about why it's awesome. And most people don't seem to think it's awesome, so that argument has been lacking so far.
(no subject) - qphelia on January 3rd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fritters on January 3rd, 2008 02:39 am (UTC) (Expand)