The New Year’s Kiss

For Valentine’s day, my Special Lady Friend and I went through my extensive collection of rom-coms and decided on a classic: When Harry Met Sally.  Wading through the late 80′s fashion, Billy Crystal’s folksy wisdom, and Meg Ryan’s pastrami-plastering fake orgasm, we noted how important the New Year’s Eve kiss was to them and started to wonder how the tradition of kissing your sweetheart at the stroke of midnight got started.

Going to the reliable source of traditions, folklore, and urban legends,, I was able to get a better idea of how this pecking practice initially came into being.  According to Snopes, the reason we kiss our nearest and dearest on the stroke of midnight is not just to celebrate another year on this earth, but to ensure that the love and affection we have for this person will continue for the rest of the year.  The idea is that what you do on the first of the year will have ramifications throughout the year, and also carries over to many other aspects of life, such as cleaning your house and settling your debt before New Year’s Day.  I’m thinking that it’s easier to give a kiss.

If you aren’t able to be with your sweetie on the New Year, don’t despair – I’m guessing the phone call kiss didn’t exist when this tradition was popularized.  Bonus points for being awesome at your LDR if you are video chatting when the ball drops.

However, if you are lucky enough to be with those you love on the New Year, Violet Blue (NSFW) give us some good advice on how to kiss at the New Year.

Keep this in mind for next year!

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About Craig VanKempen

Craig VanKempen

Craig VanKempen, LLMSW/MPH, is a sex educator and therapist practicing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area. His professional interests include HIV, polyamory, compulsive sexual behavior, religion and sexuality, and GLBT issues.