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Need a new holiday tradition? Stay inside on New Year's Eve

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:13 pm, Fri Dec 27, 2013.

At last, the countdown to the new year begins. New Year’s Eve is approaching and with that, comes New Year’s traditions. 

Watching the ball drop and fireworks are key parts to the holiday, but most people tend to go out.

If you ask me, I think that’s tired and played out. It’s time for a new tradition. How about spending a nice quiet night at home for a change? You might find out that it’s actually more satisfying.

However, if you still need some convincing, here’s why you should rethink a night out on the town.

It’s expensive. First, you spend money on the perfect outfit. The Examiner reports that the average New Year’s Eve outfit runs at about $250 total. Why spend so much money on something you’re only going to wear once and get a bunch of drink stains on?

I don’t know about you, but you can pay off some bills with that kind of cash. That could even be some useful textbook money.

Take that money and put it aside somewhere, it might come in handy for you next semester.

Then there’s the cost of actually going out. New Year’s Eve is the “Black Friday” for bars and clubs, so please believe that they are going to milk you for every penny that you have. Most places you go are going to charge a door or cover charge.

It’s pointless to pay to get into somewhere that you’re only going to spend about 20 minutes in anyway. You’ll only be there for a hot minute before you’re done with it, so save yourself the boredom and cash. 

New Year’s Eve can be used as  family as family time as well. Most families only see each other during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make this New Year’s Eve a family affair.  and invite them over to pop some fireworks together.

You also won’t have to deal with creepy strangers. 

This is a major plus, especially if you’re as uptight about your personal space as I am. For me, you must respect my bubble and there’s just no chance of that happening on a night like New Year’s Eve. 

People out on New Year’s Eve are mad crazy and they have no idea of what boundaries are. You’re probably going to get hit on multiple times and let’s face it, there’s only so many ways to say no.

Let’s not forget that you won’t have any personal space on the dance floor either. The last thing you’d want is someone’s stinky, sweaty body tearing it up on the dance floor next to you, when suddenly their sweat hits you in the eye. Trust me, stay put at home. People won’t be bumping up against you and the only body odor you’ll have to worry about will be your own.  

The weather is a good reason to stay at home too. Who wants to freeze their butt off and risk getting sick? Visits to the doctor aren’t fun so  you might want to think twice about heading out for the night.

Plus, you’ll spend most of the night trying to figure out how to stay warm or complaining about being cold. You’d be better off spending the night in your nice, warm home watching the countdowns and your favorite television shows.

Everyone knows the best TV marathons are on that night anyway and when it‘s all said and done, your comfy bed will be only a few steps away. 

Finally, it’s safe. According to the New York Times, New Year’s Eve is the worst night for drunk drivers. An average of 22 pedestrians die each year. In a report by the National Highway Traffic Administration, 42 percent of traffic deaths this day are the result of a drunk driver. 

Not only that, but alcohol consumption makes you extremely vulnerably and susceptible to being sexually assaulted. An article from Health Central states that your chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases is greater as well.

Still not convinced yet? Policymic.com reports that 25 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds who go out on New Year’s Eve get into physical altercations. 

The way I see it is, your face is valuable. You shouldn’t put it at the risk of others. Stay inside where it’s safe and protect that beautiful canvas of yours. 

So before you go making elaborate New Year’s Eve plans, take that into consideration.  

However, if you do decide to step out into the wild, remember these simple rules.  

Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver or call a cab. Take friends along with you. You are better together. Never leave your drinks unattended. Finally, always be aware of your surroundings. You never know what could go wrong.

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