There are a lot of reasons why you should stay home on New Year’s Eve, from avoiding cover charges to eating whatever you want.
New Year’s Eve, much like Halloween, your birthday or the Fourth of July, is one of those holidays that makes people feel pressured to have the most fun possible. To end the year “right,” you need to drink a lot, eat a lot and spend time with a lot of people in a place that’s much, much cooler than the places you usually frequent. These kinds of nights tend to play out less grandly than expected — big pressure and big plans can often lead to disappointment or sloppiness. If you stay in, you’re in charge of the kind of evening you are going to have.
Anonymous: In 1711, Joseph Addison wrote this passage that influenced George Washington. “There cannot a greater judgment befall a country than a dreadful spirit of division as rends a government into two distinct people, and makes them greater strangers, and more averse to one another, than if they were actually two different nations. The effects of such a division are pernicious to the last degree, not only with regard to those advantages which they give the common enemy, but to those private evils which they produce in the heart of almost every particular person. This influence is very fatal both to men’s morals and their understandings; it sinks the virtue of a nation, and not only so, but destroys even common sense. A furious party spirit, when it rages in its full violence, exerts itself in civil war and bloodshed; and when it is under its greatest restraints, naturally breaks out in falsehood, detraction, calumny, and a partial administration of justice. In a word, it fills a nation with spleen and rancor, and extinguishes all the seeds of good nature, compassion and humanity.”