New Year’s Celebrations for Cheapskates

It’s been years since I did a big, bang up New Year’s Eve.  In fact, not since the time that John, Jacob and I not only broke a Guinness Book of World Records but did not die a fiery death have I done anything terribly exciting for New Years.  Times Square in diapers holds no attraction for me.

But still, it is a time to celebrate.  And so I will let you in on a wonderful, yet dirt-cheap way to ring out the old and ring in the new.  Or is that “Bring”?

Damn, I haven’t even opened the champagne yet.

OK, here’s what you do:

On the stroke of midnight,

Open the back door –

to force out all the BAD luck.

Open the front door —

to let in the GOOD luck.

The rest is optional, but we always:

  •  Drink a toast to the New Year.
  • Kiss anyone and everyone who happens to be nearby
  • Hope for all the best for all we care about in the New Year.

This year I will of course add to family and flesh friends a wish the happiest, healthiest of new years to all my blogging buddies.

 Happy New Year – may your good luck always be stronger than your bad.

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Yup, this is a re-tread.  I will probably post it next year, too.

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71 responses to “New Year’s Celebrations for Cheapskates

  1. Happy New Year Elyse, just getting around to some of my reading (can you tell). I kissed my dog and my two cats. Does that count?

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  2. Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to your stories and comments during 2015…Can’t wait.

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    • And yours! You seem to have picked up the blogging bug again!

      Happy New Year to one of my first blogging buddies!

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      • I went from holding down two jobs to three jobs and my creativity was buried under fatigue. Since additional free time was not going to magically appear, I decided not to let time constraints keep me from blogging anymore. Not a resolution, just a need for a creative outlet. We will see how this goes…

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        • It’s funny — whenever I am most busy I tend to blog MORE for exactly that reason. The next three months are going to be insane at work, so apparently I will be in the sphere a lot! (I do read less than usual when things are nuts, though.)

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  3. cortney

    Happy New Year, Elyse! Warm wishes to you & yours for 2015.
    I’ll be opening up the place at midnight; the only through-and-through we get here is with our windows, but they’re as big as doors in our part of town so I think that’ll do 🙂 Out with the old, in with the good!

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  4. Keep posting it until I remember to do it! Happy New Year.

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  5. Since we’re under a severe wind chill advisory (-25 to -30? No thank you) I’m pretty sure we’ll be skipping the open door tradition, but one of our friends taught us to climb up on a chair and jump into the new year. Long as I’m not too drunk, that should be pretty safe.

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  6. NotAPunkRocker

    Recycling is a good way to start the year. Less waste, etc. 🙂

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  7. Happy, happy New Year! It’s like a crisply wrapped present, just waiting for you to tear into it. Hope you open yours to find whatever is the Red Rider BB Gun of your dreams.

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  8. I haven’t heard of that tradition, but I like it. Tossing you a cyber toast for a wonderful New Year Elyse! Here’s hoping your good luck hangs around and only the bad slips out the back!

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  9. This will be our plan as well! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family too! Maybe you could wear the construction cone as a party hat … hehehe

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  10. Thank you for the very cheering tip. I hope you have a lovely time on New Years Eve and a very happy 2015 🙂

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  11. Love this, Elyse. Thanks for opening up the doors for me. I appreciate the luck!

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  12. That’s such a cool idea! I’m going to do it this year (assuming I’ll be awake at midnight!)
    Happy New Year!

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  13. You know, monasteries have kept many women on the better side of uthe good/bad luck equation, keeping all those monks busy.

    Glad you’re gonna try out the doors, but i wouldn’t worry your pretty head about ebola. It’s hardly in the news anymore since the election ended. But no smoochin’ in 2016!

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  14. Thanks for the tips, Elyse! Coincidentally, I have decided today to turn a new leaf and become a cheapskate. I think it will be the healthiest thing for me, especially if I live to be old and need funds to live on.

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  15. When I say this post, I had to get right on over here. This is doable. Believe I’m touring a monastery during the day. I’ll head back home and do the door thing later. I won’t be kissing everybody though, Ebola’s catching, so be careful and wear your rubber lips for that one.

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  16. I’m not opening the back door. What if I still have unused good luck left over from 2014?

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  17. Happy new year. I love your money-wise celebrations. Party hard with your doors and don’t forget to scrub the front door threshold before midnight ready for the first-footers. 🙂

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  18. Happy New Year Elyse!

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  19. We’re expecting a particularly chilly New Year’s Eve, but that won’t stop me from pushing the bad luck out the back door, and swinging the front door wide open to let in all that good luck! Hope you get plenty of the good stuff in the New Year. Have some fun, smile a little, and maybe, even, get silly. Someone has to. 🙂

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  20. I will definitely try the door thing this New Year’s Eve. My mother and step-father are staying with us, and after the horrible year she’s had with her surgical complication, I’m sure they’ll both welcome bidding a big fat adieu to bad luck.

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  21. Have a great New Year and don’t get too cold with all those open doors!

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  22. We had a similar tradition, but someone would come in through the front door with silver (5p piece), food (biscuit) and heat ( a piece of coal), so that you would never be poor, hungry or cold throughout the New Year.
    Enjoy your celebrations.

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  23. We have to open doors??? Sheesh.

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  24. Happy new year to you and yours, Elyse!

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  25. Times Square sucks. I speak from experience, not theory.

    Re-treads are okay when they’re this good. Happy New Year! Make a wish…

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  26. Have a happy new year, Elyse! I celebrate by letting my 10-year-old stay up later than I manage. I haven’t seen midnight for many years, but I really enjoy waking up in my own bed, not hungover or tired. Cheapest party ever.

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  27. I like that. Never a big party animal on this day. I’ve been to a few and would much rather stay home and fan out evil spirits.

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    • Glad to help! This year, I’m thinking of reversing the doors so that the good luck comes in the back instead of the front to increase the odds of it working.

      Happy new year to you!

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  28. Happy New Year! Such a great post. 🙂

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  29. At least this year there won’t be any snow blowing in those open doors!

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  30. Happy New Year, Elyse! May the year bring you joy and laughter and adventure.

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