December 31st, 2013 by Simone Paget

The DO’s and the DON’Ts of New Year’s Kisses

I used to be of the school of thought that it was bad luck NOT to kiss someone on New Years Eve. Whether I was single or in a relationship, New Years Eve just didn’t feel right unless I was locking lips with someone as the clock struck midnight. I have since changed my opinion on the subject. I haven’t kissed anyone on NYE in a few years, however it’s undeniable that New Year’s Eve can be very romantic, not to mention a great excuse to smooch someone attractive! However, like all things, there are definitely good New Year’s Eve kisses and bad New Year’s Eve kisses. Here are a few DOs and DON’Ts to keep in mind before you lean in for that midnight kiss –

DON’T feel like you have to kiss someone, just because it’s New Year’s Eve. 

I know the feeling. The clock is inching its way closer to midnight and despite your really impressive imitation of the “Elaine” dance from Seinfeld that you just executed on the dance floor, there is no one kiss worthy in sight. Sure, there’s that slightly obnoxious guy adorned in Mardi Gras beads that keeps coming up to you and doing the running man, but that doesn’t mean you guys should make out. Same goes for the guy who looks like he stepped off the set of Duck Dynasty and has been lurking uncomfortably close all evening. You should only kiss people you actually want to kiss. Remember, the last thing you want to take with you into the New Year are fuzzy, champagne fuelled regrets.

DO have fun, regardless. 

Just because you didn’t get that New Year’s kiss doesn’t mean you can’t have a really amazing time! Instead of worrying about it, have fun with your friends, dance like no one’s watching and enjoy some champagne (or whatever your favourite refreshment of choice is!). A good night out does something for your confidence. New Year’s Day is the perfect time to check your online dating account and set up some fun dates for the first week in January – or at the very least, contact someone new.

PS. If enjoying the evening means flirting with the cute guy or girl you just met – flirt away! Even if you don’t end up smooching at the end of the night, it could lead to something else down the road – or not. Either way, have fun!

DON’T feel disappointed if the person you’ve just started dating isn’t around to kiss you. 

At this time last year, I had just started seeing someone new. Before we started hanging out, we had both made plans with friends for New Year’s Eve. We’d only gone on a few dates, so it wasn’t a big deal for us to spend New Year’s celebrating separately – hence, there was no midnight kiss that night. Personally, I’d rather ring in the New Year with people close to me and at that point we barely knew each other. We caught up with each other a few days later and we more than made up for that one kiss we missed. Don’t be upset if the person you just started to get to know isn’t around to kiss you – like me, they might have other plans in the works or might want to take things slow. Instead of dwelling on it, go back to point #2 and have a great time regardless!

In lieu of a kiss, DO send a cute text letting the person you’re dating know that you’re thinking of them. 

If you fall into the category I just described above and aren’t going to be able to kiss the person you’re interested in on New Year’s Eve, a sweet text just letting them know you’re thinking about them is a great way to show them you care.

DO capitalize on the romance of the night. 

From the lights, champagne and sparkles, New Years Eve can be super romantic. Whether you’re with someone and want to show them you care, or you’ve been eyeing someone attractive all night, tonight is the perfect night to make a move and capitalize on the fact that new beginnings and romance are in the air!

Now go forth, kiss and be merry!

(photo via eklipserealestate.com)

Simone is a freelance writer and author of the sexy and irreverent blog Skinny Dip. When she’s not writing her heart out about everything to do with love, sex and relationships, she loves wandering her city with a large cup of coffee in hand, in search of the next great story. You can visit her blog, follow her on twitter or catch up with her on Facebook. Skinny Dip

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