Where Will You Be When the Ball Drops? [Poll]

Ringing in 2012 can be a quiet affair or a big lavish blow out or something in between. How will you spend it?

Some people call it amateur night.

Others plan the night weeks in advance, getting reservations at a restaurant with dancing, wine or beer and champagne to toast the New Year. In Danbury, Molly Darcy's offers the whole package. In Newtown, will have music and dancing and a special menu as well.

Others find a bar will simply do.

When you ask others where they are spending New Year's Eve, they respond: "The couch." When asked to elaborate, they often cite many reasons for wanting to stay home. Some want to save their money. They don't want to be outside, preferring to stay in, where it's warm and comfortable. Where they can eat what they want and watch movies or TV and go to bed whenever they feel like it.

There are those who are more adventurous and head to Times Square in NYC, braving the cold, the crowds and the lack of bathroom facilities, to watch the famous ball drop at midnight.

Another popular choice is going to a house party or hosting your own, where you know most of the guests and most likely won't have to drive too far. (And where you won't have to accept those friendly "Happy New Year!" kisses from near strangers). And if someone drinks too much, they can take the guest room. Or a friend - a sober driver - can give them a ride home.

For those with children, the night can be all about the kids, watching movies with them, or hosting their friends over for sleepovers. Or parents can put the children to bed before midnight and then start their dinner and movie (for movies with a New Year's theme, click , where Woodbury-Middlebury LE Jaimie Cura compiled a top 10 list) and then at midnight watch the ball drop in the comfort of their own home.

Or they could do what a couple I know does. They pretend that 9 p.m. is midnight and start the countdown with their very young children shortly before "midnight", which is really 9 p.m. so their children can be part of the excitement. Then, they put their children to bed and have the rest of the night to themselves.

Bonnie December 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM
I'll probably be sleeping! Every past year we've gone to a party however this year no party! Getting to old to pull an all nighter! I like to stay home with the kids safe!
Karen Ciccone December 28, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Its also our wedding anniversary. Order Maine Lobster tails 9oz and Prime Rib, nice bottle of wine, candle light, music at home...enough said!
Sandra December 28, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I'll be working in a 911 center getting my but kicked all night
Mark Langlois (Editor) December 28, 2011 at 06:12 PM
We're still picking the menu, but the evening will include champagne (Verve) and a complicated main dish.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) December 28, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Karen, that menu sounds amazing!
Kellyanne Koemp December 29, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Making my husband a nice dinner and eating after the kids go to bed. We'll stay up to see the ball drop and enjoy Champagne! Nice quiet evening at home!
Penny Kessler December 30, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Waking up to watch the ball drop in Times Square and then heading back to sleepy-time!!
Bill Hillman December 30, 2011 at 03:49 PM
At a neighbors house or at home
Jaimie Cura (Editor) December 30, 2011 at 03:53 PM
I still have to think of what to bring to my friend's house too. Something festive is as far as I've gotten!


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