We have a TV hooked up to a PC in our living room, which functions as both our desktop computer and Netflix/Hulu viewing device since we don’t actually have cable. It also plays Spotify nonstop, but only if a screensaver prevents it from pausing every few minutes. That screensaver is a polar clock that looks like this:
The polar clock has proven rather mesmerizing to many an unsuspecting guest, who frequently ponder aloud: “I wonder what it does on New Year’s Eve.”
So obviously we decided to have a party and find out.
Then came the problem of being out of town for over a week up until two days before said party. Then spending most of those two days hitting after-Christmas sales with my sister-in-law.
But! As is always the case, it turns out that good people + good food + not-that-good-but-pretty-cheap alcohol makes for a party success.
We had some games:
- taping names of folks on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012 on guests’ backs, allowing only yes or no questions to guess your person (surprise: an Asian American Christian gal who had never heard of Jeremy Lin; highlight: the question “is it a female singer who is incredibly overplayed, talentless, and frustratingly catchy?” leading to “OH! OKAY! RIHANNA!”)
- “Celebrity” using people on Barbara Walters’ list of 2012′s Most Fascinating People
- miscellaneous trivia of the year’s top news stories, Billboard songs, and other statistics
- two teams guessing the twenty-some-odd tunes used in DJ Earworm’s 2012 United States of Pop
…with glamorous prizes (ie, Trader Joe’s candybars tossed in the cart whilst booze-shopping).
We also made food that was based on New Year culinary traditions around the world - bacon-wrapped dates, as pork symbolizes good luck in China; chile corn muffins, as gold foods symbolize upcoming prosperity in the southern US; grapes for Spain’s twelve sweet months; and a LOT more. A LOT. Too much.
Relatedly, a giant shout-out to the local Bevmo – whose buy-one-get-one-for-a-penny sale includes a rather tasty champagne option – for letting us in the store an hour before they opened on the morning of the 31st to buy a lot of it.
Then there was the last-second decorating attempt that we instantly realized had accidentally become a decent photobooth backdrop:
And the sparklers from our wedding that we’ll apparently never run out of, the abundance of which will likely prompt similar parties for (new) years to come.
Despite the rushed nature of it all, I figure that ending the year playing with sparklers from our wedding – with both family who’d participated in it, and new friends who we didn’t even know that day – is actually a pretty beautiful picture of our ever-changing and yet ever-the-same world and life.
Oh! And the clock: nothing special happened. It just become Tuesday, January 1, 2013, o minutes, 01 seconds. And life went on.
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