In the movies, a cliffhanger New Year’s Eve midnight kiss is always incredibly romantic. You watch the leading lady count down to midnight alone, thinking she is destined for a year full of failed romance and lots of cats, when the film cuts to the boy running through the whole city. You always know that he’s going to make it there just in time, because you can see him pushing through the crowd just a few feet away with seconds to spare. In the movies, this climax is incredibly romantic.
In real life, it is not romantic. It’s scary! In real life, you don’t get to cut to the view of the boy getting closer and closer as the clock ticks down. In real life, you’re standing there with a plastic cup of Grey Goose looking around like a lost puppy. That lost puppy was me this year at 11:59:59. If Kenny didn’t grab my arm at the absolute last second possible, I would have been the pathetic girl who kicks off the New Year in tears. But he did — he made it back to me right at the stroke of midnight. So I guess I should rephrase that. In real life, it is not romantic until the retelling of the story. In hindsight, I think it starts to sound pretty darn adorable.
Did you know that kissing at midnight isn’t just the natural instinct of drunk people at bars? I found this in a Huffington Post article:
According to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year — and the nature of this encounter — sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future. If a couple celebrating together doesn’t take the time to lock lips, it doesn’t bode well for the relationship.
And this is why, every year, we find ourselves wishin’, hopin’ and prayin’ that Prince Charming will find us right as the clock strikes 12. So maybe it’s a little cheesy, but I’ve always been a helpless romantic.
So in honor of being a sap and a sucker for New Year’s Eve romance, here are a few adorable Hollywood New Year’s Eve kisses. I sure wish someone caught my midnight movie moment on camera! Maybe next year.
New Year’s Eve
When Harry Met Sally
Happy New Year!