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Now that you’ve rung
in the new year, was it a

blast or a bore?

By Danielle Komis· 340-2447

New Year’s Day is often a time to reflect on the fun — or the boredom — of the night before and vow to have a better holiday next year.

For some, New Year’s Day is a day to forget the lame night before in which they got stuck taking care of their drunk friends. For Samuel Rhodes of Decatur, this is often the case.

“I don’t drink or anything, so I pretty much take care of my friends because they do,” he said. He would rather just watch the programs that start on TV on New Year’s — such as the Twilight Zone Marathon and the Three Stooges Marathon.

The buildup

Lauren Baker of Madison also said Jan. 1 usually ends up leaving her feeling a little down, wishing for a better way to ring in the year next year. She rarely has lots of fun on the “big” night.

“It doesn’t ever pan out to what it’s supposed to be,” she said. “We just end up sitting around watching TV and there’s a big buildup to midnight.”

Once the clock strikes midnight, the holiday is pretty well finished.

“Once it happens, it’s over,” she said. “It’s not like Christmas where there’s all that time to exchange presents and all that.”

A lonely New Year’s

For others, New Year’s Day is not a great day because they’re thinking about how they didn’t get to ring in the New Year with loved ones.

Brian Saunders of Harvest said his five years in the Navy meant a lot of New Year’s Eves that just slipped by. Being in a strange place away from friends and family just made the whole holiday a downer.

He usually avoided going out to the bars with his comrades in foreign countries, because it was often like “asking for trouble,” he said.

No longer novel

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For Rhodes, New Year’s Eve has simply lost its zip, making for a boring New Year’s Day.

“When you were little you got to stay up late so it was cool,” he said. “Now it doesn’t matter.”

The novelty of the big countdown does tend to wear off as you get older, others agreed.

Molly Brooke Threadgill of Decatur said she had a New Year’s Eve party at her house for the Millennium New Year’s Eve celebration. She was only in eighth or ninth grade at the time, so the excitement of the celebration lasted not only the day after, but for weeks after, she said.

“It was the coolest thing to me then,” she said.

Today, though, she usually still has a good time reminiscing about the wild times of the night before New Year’s Day because the big night usually involves fun outings in bigger cities.

However, she admits that sometimes on New Year’s Day she is left wishing there had been “less drama” the night before, which is often the byproduct of excessive drinking.

Anna Lombarg of Huntsville agreed.

“Sometimes things get out of hand and that’s the only thing that would make it (New Year’s Day) bad,” she said. Parties that get out of hand and cause property damage always make for a less-than-fun New Year’s Day.

Just another night

However, for other people, New Year’s Day prompts no thoughts of the night before, because that night is like any other.

Janet Thompson of Decatur is one of those homebodies.

“I’m a go-to-bed-early person,” she said. New Year’s Eve was never a big deal in her family, so she just never got into it. Plus, she’s not a big drinker, so the motivation for champagne toasts and cocktails just isn’t there – which at least makes for a clear-headed New Year’s Day.

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