A few of my friends and I have been talking about taking this trip in very vague dreamy terms for several years now. But this is the first year that any of us took any of the others seriously enough to make a plan. And so suddenly “wouldn’t it be cool to go to Disneyland for New Year’s?” turned into shopping for hotel/park pass deals online and assessing how much we all had in our savings accounts to make it work.
And so it is!
When I was younger, New Year’s was always one of those lame holidays that came with obligatory gatherings, but no one really cared about. For many years, we just drank too much Martinelli’s sparkling cider and tried to look fancy.
As my friends and I grew up, we came up with our own traditions, including spending time out at the beach in Manzanita, having family dinners, drinking cheap champagne, and playing HOURS of bitter and spiteful Monopoly or trying not to freeze while watching amateur fireworks outside.
Be happy and safe as this year comes to a close and a new one begins. I will see you again in 2012 my friends!
*image from here