Hate Football? Have Fun Without It on New Year’s Day

| December 10, 2012

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Football fans typically spend the first day of a new year watching college bowl games. If that sounds like torture to you, amuse yourself otherwise with one of the following five ideas. As always, DexKnows listings can point you in the right direction for the places to dine and shop.

1. Go to brunch

Gather those of your friends who also avoid football like the plague and make a reservation for brunch at your favorite restaurant. Better yet, choose an establishment that also offers entertainment. What better way could there be to welcome the new year than with eggs Benedict, a mimosa or two and live jazz. Be sure to designate drivers so everyone gets home safely.

2. Hit the mall

The post-Christmas craziness at the mall has died down, but sales still exist on New Year’s Day. Bring anything you need to return — that awful sweater from your favorite aunt who thankfully lives far away — then shop ‘till you drop. Plan a lunch break to refuel, but do your best not to break your New Year’s resolutions regarding dieting on the very first day of 2013.

3. Take a hike

You won’t risk running into a TV showing the big game if you take a walk in the woods or hike up a mountain. If you live in an area of the country with snow on the ground, slap on some snowshoes or hit the slopes. Just avoid any après-ski areas with TVs hanging from the walls. If you have new year’s resolutions regarding exercise, this activity in particular will help you be well on your way to creating new habits.

4. Host an anti-football party

Instead of going out to eat for brunch or dinner, invite over those same friends who also don’t dig football. Pick a party theme to get everyone excited. For example, you could host a BYOBG (Bring Your Own Board Game) Brunch, during which you all nosh on freshly baked treats and have fun being competitive. Don’t let anyone drag along a significant other or friend who does have an interest in the big game, so you don’t have to refuse to turn on the TV for him or her.

5. Spend the day in bed

Let’s face it: You may want to just lounge around all New Year’s Day, and there’s not a thing wrong with that. Stay in your pajamas, watch old movies, and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in bed. No one will judge, and you can worry about creating new habits for 2013 the next day.

Reminder: If you do need help finding a restaurant with live entertainment or a party supply company, DexKnows listings has the information you need.

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Pamela Mitchell spent more than 15 years at daily newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and Houston Chronicle before becoming a full-time freelancer. She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and entertainment to pets and travel.