Choc Lit Christmas Special – Day 12

choclit-logoxmassmaller3We have reached the final day of our special Christmas blog series and we hope you’ve enjoyed our posts! Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, and most of us are hoping to have a wonderful celebration of some kind. So we thought we’d end our ‘twelve days of Christmas’ by telling you about some of our most memorable New Year celebrations over the years – some good, some not quite what they were meant to be …

JaneI fell asleep with my face in a trifle once. But, you know, party … Sometimes, when I get a cold, there are still mandarin orange slices …

clxmaschampagneJuliet – 1999, fireworks, and that once-in-a-lifetime feeling – unless you’re a vampire – of being on the brink of a new millennium!

Chris – Being offered a Choc Lit contract in December 2009 was the realisation of an ambition I’d held since I was a little girl. Raising a glass at midnight on the last day of 2009, knowing that in 2010 I would be a published novelist, was a very special moment indeed!

Linda – Very low key really, 31st December 1999. A family meal with lots to eat and drink and a lot of laughs, stopping up until the early hours. It was what happened afterwards that was magical. My son and I were the only ones left standing and just before dawn we decided to walk down to a local cove and sit on the beach to watch the new century’s dawn. It was heart-stoppingly wonderful as the sun peeped up from the horizon. Someone let off fireworks on the headland and my son stripped to his boxers and went for a swim while I paddled in the shallows in a pancake flat sea. No photo, alas … we didn’t stop to think of that in our last minute decision to try and make a dawn of the millennium memory … shame.

Sue – May I have the funniest? I’d just begun a relationship and we went to a club in a hotel for New Year’s Eve. A lot of people in the club were laughing because there were two men in drag in a drunken stupor on a pool table in one of the outer rooms, and everyone was trooping out to look at them. So we went, too. And one of the guys came round from his drunken stupor and said, ‘Hello, Sue!’ It was Tony and Steve, who I’d been to school with. It wasn’t the impression I’d planned on making on my date …

EvonneThe year I fell in love for the first time, of course. I’m a romantic novelist!!

Margaret – I wonder why it seems right and even desirable to do the conga round the street on New Year’s Eve, but not at any other time of year? I used to live in Berkshire before I moved to Devon, and my next door neighbours always had great New Year’s Eve parties. I don’t remember them in any huge detail – I can’t think why – but the conga-round-the-street part sort of sticks in my memory.

KateMy favourite New Year’s Eve was only last year, when I went to Port Isaac in Cornwall with my family. We spent the evening in the pub by the harbour, drank champagne and nibbled canapés by the open fire, then moseyed down to the beach at midnight to drink wine, watch fireworks, and set off Chinese lanterns. And have a little paddle in the sea, of course!

Christina – Can’t remember the year (late 1970s?), but some school friends of mine were house sitting a small four bedroom house and decided to throw a New Year’s Eve party. Approximately 200 of our fellow students turned up … don’t think there was much left of the house or furnishings afterwards!  (Whenever I see the film 10 Things I Hate About You I think about that party!)

Henriette – One New Year’s Eve I spent with some friends in Copenhagen, and after the bells had rung in the new year, the guests trooped outside to set off fireworks, as tradition has it. But everyone in the street did the same and after a while the air was so thick with white smoke, it was like a cordite-scented pea-souper. It took the whole night for it to clear!

We’d love to hear about some of your most memorable New Year’s Eve parties, so before you start to drink champagne and sing Auld Lang Syne, please leave a comment below for a chance to win Christina Courtenay’s novel Highland Storms!

We wish you a very happy, healthy 2012 with lots of time for reading!

9 thoughts on “Choc Lit Christmas Special – Day 12

  1. It was new year’s 2000 and everyone thought the world was going to end and we were going to have a black out… I went bowling and I was really into my cups. Wasted, we say here in the U.S. LOL. But I had a flashlight just in case… and I had the time of my life, not that I remember everything.. I was too drunk to blow more than two games. I think I just sat there and laughed at everyone. I have already read Highland Storms and LOVED it so please, don’t enter me for the contest.

  2. I am not sure if I’m eligible for this giveaway,since I’m not from UK/USA:) but I would love to read Highland Storms. Heard great comments about it!Happy New year and have a prosperous 2012:) x

  3. Oh dear! I seem to have jumped the gun as usual. But I didn’t know this post was going to come up when I commented yesterday. As it happens, I am in France with the friends with whom I have spent many happy New Years. We don’t go out – just have a long, carefully spaced and elegant meal with friends, always with champagne, most often with oysters and seafood too. Tomorrow we shall be nine – but have been many more in the past. Sometimes we dress up. The meal tomorrow will have a Moroccan theme – I have bought along one or two bits and pieces. (New Year Resolution: learn to sway properly and waggle your hips!). Yesterday we saw the same family who will be guests at New Year, a wonderfully eclectic family who live in a house they have built themselves overlooking the sea. We sat warm by the large open fire (which had two faces being built into a corner) and ate cake. Outside it rained.

    Anyway – a very happy New Year and I shall raise a glass to you all at eleven o’clock.

  4. Thank you Tara, Ananda and Fennie – Happy New Year to you all!

    I shall probably be seeing in the new year by eating sushi (so I don’t have to cook, yeah!) and all the chocolate left in the fridge so I can start dieting the day after without being tempted 😀

  5. Some families in India celebrate New Years Eve, others don’t. Mine doesn’t and I’m not sure why that is. We had a bereavement in the family at this time in recent years so it wouldn’t look nie to celebrate now. Not for another couple of years anyway. But I do remember the New Year celebrations I enjoyed in Ireland years ago, lots of laughter and goodwill and the like. I’ve learned to adapt myself to things the way they are in my environment. I do make new year resolutions along with everyone else and look forward to the fresh start a new year brings.

    My resolution this year is to learn to drive. I need to get around and can’t stand waiting for other people to help me out. I’ll keep this resolution because it has nothing to do with will power and self control, just determination to make things better for myself and the kids!

  6. Maria – it’s nice to embrace the celebrations of other countries too, I think! I lived in Japan for a while and they really celebrate New Year and it was great fun to be part of that. Hope you enjoy whatever you do! And good luck with the driving, definitely a good skill to have 🙂

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