Ring in the new year without gathering together

How to greet 2022

(Kristen Frier)

(Kristen Frier)

Last year has forever carved itself into people’s memories as a year spent inside. I’d go on about our current predicament with the pandemic, but at this point I think we are all tired of hearing about it. Instead, here are some ideas to safely welcome 2022. 

Turn your room into the greatest ultrabar

True, the bars and any other clubs or events may not be available, but that’s no reason to miss out on the festivities. Chances are, you’ll have to connect with your friends via Zoom, but online interaction is better than nothing. 

Stocking up on booze can become a fun priority, an essential step to waiting out any cold snap. Style up your room into the likeness of your favourite bar. Feel free to spruce up and experiment with different decorations. Even adjusting your monitor and putting on a sports channel can make for a presentation that will impress your friends over Zoom, as well as welcoming the new year with a new look.

Host a classical D&D session

There’s nothing quite like some good old-fashioned Dungeons and Dragons. If you don’t know what D&D is, it’s a tabletop role-playing game. While initially a fantasy-based game, the scenarios that can be conceived while playing the game are endless and limited only to your imagination. 

The basic concept of Dungeons and Dragons is that there are the players, a set of dice, and the dungeon master. The dungeon master is in charge of explaining all the scenarios and detailing the situations that your party finds themselves wrapped in. Once an action commences, the dice will be rolled, and the corresponding number will determine the outcome of the action. You can even incorporate apocalyptic situations that mirror the madness of this generation. Before you know it the new year already started, but you’ve been too busy wrapped up in your own game to notice.  

Sharing New Year’s goals with friends

It’s always a good idea to go into the new year with new ambitions and goals, and to share what your plans are with your friends. Even if a year feels uneventful and boring, there is always at least one memory that sticks out that can garner a chuckle or two. 

Some people graduated this year, while others have started new journeys. Share your favourite memories with company. It can also be therapeutic, as not all memories are happy, those with less-favourable tones may serve as lessons. By reflecting on what you accomplished and have yet to accomplish, you can iron out your priorities and focus your energy on doing the things you’ve had your mind on.