I like to take the not so good things that happened to me during the year, write them down and then light a candle and burn the strips of paper one by one on NYE. Sort of my way of letting go of the baggage of the previous year as I start the new one. Corny? Probably, but to me it's also catharic.
And count me in as one of those that used to celebrate every NYE (and any other occasion thoughout the year) by staying up all night, planning the party, being the life of the party.
I can't do the setting the clock for midnight because once I wake up. ,then I'm up and can't go back to sleep. I figure we can wish each other the same thing in the morning as we could at midnight. I'll probably be up anyway. I usually am on NYE. It's hubby that goes to bed.