Some people choose to spend their New Year's Day in wild, swinging parties in urban centers, throwing back bottles of champagne, throwing confetti, and ringing in the year surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of fellow revelers. Other people prefer to spend the last evening of the annual calendar at small parties, sharing a good meal and a few drinks with a close circle of friends and neighbors who can help bring the year to a memorable close. However, although New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are traditionally viewed as social events which are great times to either grow emotionally closer with the friends you already have or to celebrate the night by making a lot of new friends, there are some people who prefer to make the New Year's holiday season a time for peaceful reflection.
It is this last group, the New Year "hermits," who tend to travel around New Year's, and many rent quiet cottages New Year revelers will not be anywhere near. The cottages New Year hermits prefer tend to be located far from the hustle and bustle of holiday parties. In fact, many of the cottages New Year hermits seek out are almost completely removed from civilization and are located instead in beautiful, remote natural settings. In these cottages, New Year hermits can spend their holiday connecting with nature and the rhythms of the spheres. Those who prefer a traditional New Year's Eve and New Year's Day complete with gustatory overindulgence would find the cottages New Year hermits rent intolerably boring, but that doesn't mean that a New Year's tradition which centers on peace, contemplation, and gentle reflection is less preferable to a holiday which more resembles a wild Bacchanalian revel than a serene meditation.
Taking some time away from the hustle and bustle of every day life by spending a short vacation in a peaceful cottage or in a New Year hotel breaks with many holiday traditions, but it can be the beginning of a more meaningful and personal set of New Year's practices and rituals. During a peaceful New Year vacation, there is no confetti and there are no party hats. There are no champagne corks flying through the airs, no drunken revelers swinging from chandeliers, no loud bands to celebrate the change of years, and no shiny party hats or attractive strangers to flirt with. However, although staying in a New Year cottage or a New Year hotel breaks these holiday traditions, it allows you to respect other aspects of the holiday.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are traditionally times to reflect on your lifestyle, your choices, your past and your future. The long-standing practice of making resolutions for self-improvement in the New Year, and the practice of volunteering to help people less fortunate than you on New Year's Day are remnants of this desire to use the transition from year to year as a transition from a flawed past to an ideal future. Those who rent hotels or cottages New Year holiday week or weekend enjoy this time of contemplation and reflection to the fullest, and make every New Year's Day an important and memorable transition.