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New Year's Eve: Expectations vs Reality

Because it’s never how you want it to be, is it?

NEW YEAR’S IS NEARLY always a disappointment, isn’t it?

No matter how much it’s hyped up as the biggest party night of the year, if you venture out you always end up wishing you were at home in bed. Meanwhile, if you’re at home in bed, you always wish you ventured out.

Never fear – we’re here to manage your expectations of New Year’s with a hearty dose of reality.

Expectation: Ringing in the New Year at a mad house party with all your good friends.

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Reality: Ringing in the New Year with your good friend, Jools Holland.

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There he is now, giving you a big wave.

Expectation: A relaxed New Year’s at the pub.

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Just you and your pals having fun.

Reality: Having drink spilt on you while simultaneously being trodden on by about five different people.

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Expectation: Toasting to a good year to come with champagne.

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Reality: Half-heartedly mumbling “best wishes” before tossing back a shot of cheap vodka/the rest of your can of Dutch.

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Expectation: Getting the shift from an absolute ride at midnight.

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Reality: Getting a kiss on the cheek from your Auntie Mary at midnight.

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Expectation: Everyone cleanly and quickly crossing arms to sing a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

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Reality: The whole thing becoming a tangle of limbs and half-remembered lyrics. 

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Yeah, maybe you should just stay in bed.

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