Weeks of planning, buying and hard work for just 24 little hours and then just as quickly as it arrived, Christmas is yet again over for another year. Before any recovery from Christmas day could be made, the boxing day sales were thrown upon us and people found themselves relenting to the constant nagging of DFS and their ‘Hurry to our three day only sales’ - that actually occur every three days throughout the year.
And now, just as people are beginning to get round to having a sit down on their new DFS sofa and relaxing this holiday, they are rudely ushered onto the next celebration, the welcoming of 2012.
This year, however, it would seem that some people are refusing to budge from their sofas. In fact, it has been estimated that a record 36 million people will be staying in on New Year’s Eve, finishing off the Stollen cake and mulled wine and watching Big Ben on the television. The decline in people hitting the bars or clubs in order to celebrate the New Year could be due to money worries. As taxi prices are tripled and entry fees upped by clubs and bars, an average night out on the 31st December is thought to cost around £48. The thought of staying in is suddenly sounding more tempting.
House parties and dinner parties are another popular option for New Year’s Eve. Come Dine With Me fever seems to have struck. The programme is thought to have cultivated interest amongst many in having more dinner parties (just without the £1,000 prize at the end of the night). However, Post Office Home Insurance carried out a poll and found that the cost of food and drink for house and dinner parties is expected to reach £100 and that 25 per cent of people stated that spilled drinks, breakages and stains are factors that may also put them off holding house or dinner parties.
Even the police are urging people to stay inside for New Year’s Eve. Many people are expected to turn up at the London Eye to welcome in the New Year with fireworks and a great atmosphere but as viewing areas like Southbank and Trafalgar Square expected to fill up as early as 8pm, the police are encouraging people to consider staying inside and watching the events on the television.
Whether you decide to stay in or go out tonight, I wish you all a Happy New Year and remember, don’t bother with the New Year’s resolutions; you know you won’t keep them.
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