Sometimes it's a disaster … but, yeah, sometimes it's magical, too!
For many, New Year's Eve is a very, very big deal. It's a night to dress to the nines, fork over a hefty chunk of change for exclusive parties, and hope to hell you have someone to kiss at midnight. Having someone to kiss at midnight is so ingrained in our culture that, for some, the thought of not having someone with whom to lock lips feels like the end of the world.
But for those who have been lucky enough to go into the New Year with their lips on another's lips, it doesn’t always mean a wonderful and exciting experience. Sometimes it's a disaster… but, yeah, sometimes it's magical, too!
Take it from Niles: "New Year's, 1998. I was dating this redhead and she got so drunk that when midnight came around she kissed me for like half a second and then went off to go throw up. I brought her a glass of water, and was like, "Hey, you should drink this," and she said, "Don't tell me what to do!" and threw the glass at my head … and that was the end of that relationship."
We asked men and women about their best and worst kisses. This is what they had to share.
1. Red Hair Matches The Temper
"New Year's, 1998. I was dating this redhead and she got so drunk that when midnight came around she kissed me for like half a second and then went off to go throw up. I brought her a glass of water, and was like, "Hey, you should drink this," and she said, "Don't tell me what to do!" and threw the glass at my head… and that was the end of that relationship," says Niles, 37.
2. Tonsil Hockey
"Fending off a candy raver high on ecstasy who thought my casual glance was an invitation for tonsil hockey — NYE '01," says Daniella, 32.
3. Here's To Traditions
"I wondered for three years what it would be like to kiss Heather [his current partner] at New Year's Eve, and in the fourth year, I found out. They've been wonderful ever since," says Sean, 36.
4. Spin Cycle
"NYE 2009: I made out with this one guy who'd been my rebound after breaking up with my ex in a laundry room at a house party. Upon leaving the laundry room, this other guy immediately made out with me, after saying, 'hold on' to his girlfriend at the time… who he'd been on the phone with," says Amanda, 27.
5. Slippery Slope
"It was New Year's 2011. I slipped on some ice and when I fell the guy, whom I'd only been seeing for like a month, got on the ground, too, and kissed me. He said, 'It's just about midnight.' It was still an hour away, but I considered it as a NYE kiss," says Chelsea, 29.
6. Crushing Crush
"I had gone to a NYE party specifically to put the moves on my crush. Right before midnight I started talking to him and when it felt right, I went in to kiss him. After kissing me back for a second, he told me had a crush on my sister," says Jennie, 30.
7. Airport Connection
"It was four years ago and a snowstorm had me stuck at an airport on New Years Eve. I started talking to a girl at the bar next to me, and we ended up kissing that night. Maybe it wasn't exactly at midnight, but considering she became my wife last year, it's my best kiss ever," says Danny, 38.
8. Share The Love
"I kissed the love of my life at midnight New Year's Eve (2010/2011), and less than 10 minutes later I caught him kissing the bartender at the bar we were at. I was not the love of his life, I guess," says Maggie, 31.
9. Sick To My Stomach
"I was drunk. I kissed my boyfriend at the time at midnight even though I think that tradition is sh*t. Then I immediately threw up on both of us. Not just the worst NYE kiss, but worst kiss of all time, and most embarrassing moment of my life," Candace, 30