New Year’s Eve Traditions


A swanky party, decked out in a formal gown. Times Square where you freeze your ass off, but get to see the NYC ball drop in person with a gazillion other party goers. Bar hopping and hitting all the trendiest spots. Outside watching the fireworks curled up under a blanket. Hitting or hosting a house party with friends, family and total strangers that just show up.

People everywhere gather with friends and family to bring in the new year with a bang.

Do you always eat black eyed peas? Are you going to scarf down twelve grapes at midnight? Are tamales on the menu?

When the clock strikes midnight, most will be singing along to Auld Lang Syne. My whole life I’ve sang along but never known the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne. Do you know them? Most people don’t.

Here are the traditional lyrics for Auld Lang Syne:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stoup,
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

Here are the lyrics for Times Gone By:

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!

For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For times gone by.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since times gone by.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by!

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by!

It seems most people these days are signing along to Times Gone By keeping just the words Auld Lang Syne from the original. In any case, now you know both so you can actually sing instead of humming and faking your way through it like I always do. (Any errors in the lyrics above I blame on the internet, as I googled the lyrics to list here.)

Except for Y2K, (on which I stocked up emergency supplies, including a ridiculous amount of Taco Bell), for years I’ve hosted New Year’s Eve parties at my house. It’s fun, I don’t have to stress out about finding a sitter for my kids, and I don’t have to worry about driving. My guests are always welcome to crash for the night, and I get to enjoy a good time with friends and family, all in the safety of my own home.

This year, I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do. No party as been planned, although you never know who could show up. I love fireworks, but enjoy them more when it’s warm outside, like on July 4th. I don’t want to go out anywhere that I have to drive, although I do live close enough to downtown that I could walk down for a drink or six. Hmmm…

Angels In Disguise Cover

I may just curl up with a good book.

Angels in Disguise, my holiday romance featured in Unwrapping Love, takes place on New Year’s Eve at an outdoor costume-themed music festival in Santa Monica. Music, costumes, friends, drinks, and fireworks all in a place where it never really gets that cold, and is walking distance from home. Yep, sounded like the perfect setting.


The clock is ticking. What are you doing this New Year’s Eve? What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done on NYE?

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Jennifer Senhaji, Your Sweet and Spicy Romance Author

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