Add me to the list of non-New Year's Eve partakers.
We haven't done much since my daughter was born or when I was pregnant with her 17 years ago. We would get together with friends the last few years and if we went to their house, we were usually home by 10 or so, same thing if they came to our house, they went home early to get off the roads.
I can't remember the last time hubby stayed up until midnight. Usually it's just me and Dick Clark and in the last few years, my daughter stays up to ring it in with me.
We call it "amatuer" night when those that don't normally party and even those that do, feel they have to go get drunk. So we stay out of it.
So Amy Lee, I'm kind of in your shoes. I don't have anyone to ring it in with as he goes to bed and we don 't really do anything.
I think it's almost like Valentine's Day. A LOT of hype and a lot of trouble with the extra potential for danger (drunks driving).
We will have our friend's 11 year old daugther this year, so we will be doing fondue and she and my daughter and I will probably stay up and watch movies and the ball drop on tv. Even more incentive to stay home. I have another person's child to be responsible for.
But I'm middle aged and married, so I don't care. But when I was younger a whole group of us would go to Key West every year for several days around New Year's. We had a friend who's mom lived there and she left and went to her daughter's after Christmas, so we all would descend on her house. But even so, it was within walking distance of Duval Street and the big Key West New Year's Eve party. It was fun back then. There was usually anywhere from 5-10 of us and we did drink, but we also didn't drive. (walking home drunk is not fun either, but it can sober you up. )
I really prefer the quiet. We had a quiet Christmas and while I do get nostaglic for the big events with all the people, now that I'm older, quiet is good.
One New Year's Eve, my parents were home watching tv and they heard what they thought was fireworks going off. We lived in a rural community. Lot of hunting, so lot's of guns. And they actually had a bullet penetrate their roof and lodge in the ceiling from some idiot shooting a gun up in the air (what goes up, must come down and usually at the same velocity). Also one year in their town, a policeman at a DUI checkpoint, had a bullet land at his feet. Same thing, people shooting up in the air.
I also had a cousin, who in her 80's, opened her back door to shoot her shotgun to celebrate the arrival of the new year and her husband was on the porch smoking. She accidently shot him. Fortunately for him, the gun was loaded with birdshot and while he was injured pretty badly, had it been a regular bullet, it would have killed him. She shot him in the stomach.
So even more reason to stay home, because of the idiots with guns that think it's fun to shoot them up in the air. Fireworks are bad enough, they scare the bejesus out of my dogs and I have to tranquilize them.