New Year’s Eve should be the best holiday of the year. It should be a celebration of the year that’s passed and a hopeful look at the year to come. Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve is never that simple or easy. Here’s why New Year’s Eve is actually the worst holiday of the year.
1. The expectations are too high
Somewhere along the line, New Year’s Eve became loaded with expectation. You’re expected to have the ‘best night ever’ in the best outfit ever and take amazing selfies at the hottest club with all of your friends. Anything short of this unattainable ‘best night ever’ feels like a let down and you end up starting the new year disappointed. Even if you had a good time, the expectations are so high that even a good time can leave you feeling disheartened.
2. Everything costs more
Whether it’s food, drinks, or a cover charge, every price is hiked up on New Year’s Eve. That restaurant with the great pasta? They’re serving a price fixed menu for three times their regular price. That bar you go to every weekend with the cheep beer? On New Year’s Eve you’ll have to wait in a line around the block to pay £15 just to get in.
3. Finding a cab at the end of the night is impossible
On a normal night, some people choose to go out, some people choose to stay in. Some people go out but head home early in the evening. On New Year’s, however, everyone is out because everyone is trying to have the ‘best night ever’ (see #1). And no one is heading home before midnight. This leads to everyone leaving the pubs and clubs around the same time, looking for a cab home. Good luck. When an empty cab is finally found, people become aggressive and kind of mean. So, you end up starting the new year either being mean to a stranger or having a stranger slam a cab door in your face.
4. Everyone is drunk
Everyone gets drunk on New Year’s Eve because, well, see #1. When you’re drunk, some things seem better than they actually are: that cute person at the club, the food at 2 am etc. Getting drunk assists in meeting #1 on this list, even though in the haze of the next morning you’ll realize that the club that was ‘absolutely amazing’ last night was actually your friend’s living room.
5. Tears are shed
Invariably, someone in the group ends up in tears. Whether it’s because they’re the only one without someone to kiss at midnight or the night isn’t going as they planned (see #1) or they just had a bad year, tears are shed at some point. It tends to bring everyone down for a bit, as they realise that their own expectations for the new year may not be met or that their expectations for the year before didn’t pan out.
It’s a downer until someone gets everyone another drink and the DJ plays a new song.
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