25 underwhelming things you did on New Year’s Eve


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1) Watched telly

Can I make midnight

Can I make midnight

Me, my husband Mother in law and Charlie Brooker on iplayer. Joy

2) Checked your phones

Party Animals

Party Animals

Four thirty-somethings scour their Facebook profiles for signs of life.

3) Went out and regretted it

4) Stayed in and regretted it

It's really going off in here.

It's really going off in here.

All plans fell through. Luckily this six-pack and xbox can't bail on me. But if they had legs they might.

5) Skated in the rain

(Romantic) skating in a downpour at Canary Wharf

(Romantic) skating in a downpour at Canary Wharf

Toddlers floated past just a few seconds after this happy snap. I'd planned this evening meticulously and then the weather wished us both a very British New Year. Thank God I have a very patient partner and some Ethiopian food to rescue things later.

6) Didn’t even make it to the living room

Netflix. Ginger Beer. Smoked ham.

Netflix. Ginger Beer. Smoked ham.

Need I say more than the title already does. The night was wild and long.

7) Or out of your pyjamas

Pyjamas on!

Pyjamas on!

In pyjamas at 9.30 with the family – actually not disappointing but very much what I'd rather be doing on NYE, despite putting friends thinking I should be out on the town, finding a husband…

8) Joined a whistle orchestra

The Family Whistle Orchestra

The Family Whistle Orchestra

My sister brought numbered whistles to our family get together, along with a song sheet of numbers. Cue raspberries and squeaks to songs nobody recognised.

9) Got stuck in an airport

Stuck at the airport on New Year's Eve

Stuck at the airport on New Year's Eve

Stuck at the Fairbanks International Airport on New Year's Eve, supposed to be seeing Reel Big Fish tonight but the airplane is having mechanical issues 🙁

10) Spilled drinks on the carpet

Spilt squash

Spilt squash

Frantically got up from the sofa and knocked squash on the floor. Highlight of the evening.

11) Endured Hootenanny

Fact: Jools Holland’s Hootenanny is actually filmed in a secret underground bunker in mid-February

Watching the Hootenanny on an iPad propped up on a can of undercoat

Watching the Hootenanny on an iPad propped up on a can of undercoat

We didn't quite get the decorating done in time to have a party

12) Was subjected to Bryan Adams

Meanwhile BBC1 had handed over responsibility for their New Year’s Eve entertainment to a Canadian from the 80s.

Eating a massive bowl of crisps in my pyjamas watching Bryan Adams on the BBC

Eating a massive bowl of crisps in my pyjamas watching Bryan Adams on the BBC

A New Year spent with a personal bowl of crisps watching Bryan Adams on the television. In my defence I am getting over a very nasty cold. Still managed to belt out 'Everything I do…' though. Winner.

13) Photographed the fireworks on the telly

Stranger in the crowd

Stranger in the crowd

My mum snapping the London fireworks on the tv with a disposable camera. Seeing the New Year in with a bang.

14) Poured champagne down the sink

NYE with the grandparents

NYE with the grandparents

Perhaps rather embarrassingly for a 21 year old, I had not realised it was New Year's Eve and had not made any plans. I am happy to spend this evening with my family and thought I would share this photo of my grandma who poured our champagne down the sink!

15) Paired your socks

16) Played Monopoly: Exeter edition

monotony

monotony

With a bit of luck I'll have a house on the bus station by midnight.

17) Had After Eights stuck to your faces

After Eights

After Eights

Playing the "let's try and get the after eight off my forehead into my mouth" game. Exciting.

18) Rode aimlessly around London on the tube

Where are we going

Where are we going

Went up to London from Bournemouth to see a uni friend, only no plans, so just riding the tubes

19) Went to Germany and had a fight

Germany for a fight

Germany for a fight

Came all the way to Germany in order to explain how 'i don't dance'. Now iyr friends are out partying and he is snoring next to me.

20) Fell asleep in Wetherspoons

Sleeping in Wetherspoons.

Sleeping in Wetherspoons.

I do not know anyone I'm with.

21) Studied microeconomics

Microeconomics. Macro fun.

Microeconomics. Macro fun.

Microeconomics exam. In two days. :'(

22) Waited for the kids to get home

23) Thought about going home

24) Wondered when you could go to bed

How long til we can go to bed?

How long til we can go to bed?

My son and his girlfriend. We've done Charades, played a card game, now what? Everyone has eaten too much and not drunk quite enough.

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