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This week, Ask Amelia is all about saying goodbye to this year and welcoming in the new. Since giving you that advice on Friday, my usual day, would be fairly useless (You need time to let it sink in, right?), this is coming at you early. Here we go…
I need advice on how to keep all the young ladies from jumping up on stage and trying to kiss me at midnight at my gig on New Year’s Eve (And don’t tell me to stop being such a studmuffin. That’s not an option).
Axe body spray. You’re welcome.
Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to finally go a year without being arrested, a resolution that ended about 35 minutes into the year. My question is: if I get arrested before midnight, does my resolution not to be arrested in the New Year count for next year?
— Two Strikes and Counting
Dear Two Strikes,
What kind of a question is this? It does not. If you get arrested in 2015, you failed at your 2015 resolution. Should you make the same resolution in 2016, you can’t get arrested in 2016.
What do old people who don’t drink do on NYE?
— Sober Celebrator
Whatever you like! Drinking is optional.
What makes New Year’s special from a guy’s perspective?
— Happy Wife, Happy Life
As I am a cis female, I asked the men in my life. And, as I live in Michigan, I got a nearly unanimous answer of “dinner and the New Year’s Eve Red Wings game.” (Note: That would also be a pretty happy New Year’s Eve for me.) Steak is also fairly fail-safe for ringing out the old year or, really, anytime.
This will be our first NYE with our kids, who usually go to the grandparents at that time. Based on past years we are pretty sure we will not make it ’til midnight. Any suggestions for keeping up with the kids to see the ball drop?
— Tired Already
Depending on your time zone, you may only have to stay up until 9:00 in order to see the ball drop in New York City. I have complete confidence that you can stay awake until 9:00. If you live on the east coast, find a YouTube video of it from a previous year and show them. Just pause before they display the new year on screen. That leads to questions you don’t want to answer.
If you are against lying to your children in order to go to bed, I suggest a hot chocolate caffeine burst and a few games of Exploding Kittens to pass the time.
You can do this!
Wishing you all a wonderful 2016!
Now, for some advice that applies to all of us. The end of the year is a perfect time to ensure that we’re not bringing 2015’s nonsense into 2016. If there are things that need to be done in your personal or professional life, things that you’ve been avoiding, things that are looming like the sword of Damocles, now is the time. (Note: don’t quit your job in this economy unless you’ve got a plan. That would be silly, but you can start to formulate the plan.)
The New Year is a fresh start, so ring it in with the people and things that you’ll want around you for the coming year. Don’t just love the one you’re with, be with the one you love (sorry, Stills, you had that exactly backwards). Finally, don’t take it so seriously. People can get so wrapped up in needing the perfect New Year’s Eve making it full of expectations it can’t possibly meet. Calm down. Kiss somebody who matters to you. Have fun and, finally, drink champagne. You can’t go wrong with good champagne.
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