For as long as I can remember, celebrating the New Year is a one night celebration. New Year’s Eve is a night of parties, fireworks, ball drops and staying up past midnight to kiss your loved ones. Here in England this holds true as well.
But in the US, New Year’s Day has traditionally been a day of recovery. A day to sleep late, stay home, spend time with your family generally doing nothing.
Not so in the UK. It seems this is a two-party holiday here. I had no idea.
We had a fantastic time on New Year’s Eve, and another fantastic time on New Year’s Day. Two days of celebration to bring in 2013! What a great idea.
We were invited to spend the afternoon and evening with a co-worker friend of Brian’s. We started out at a local social club, moved on to a local pub, and ended the evening at his house with thirty or so of his closest friends. We ate great food, watched a few people drink too much, had some great conversations and talked about everyone’s plans for the year to come.
I like this tradition, and I think I’d like to carry it forward. Who knows where we’ll be? Most likely Brazil next year but we’ve learned not to count our chickens. Wherever we are, the idea of spending the first day of the year with a group of friends sounds like the best possible way to welcome the days to come.
Thank you, Kevin, and thank you Britain for this great beginning.