why we kiss
Let's be honest, kissing is weird when you really think about it. Not to mention the tradition of kissing someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve? Where do we even get this stuff?
According to the website KissingMatters, “Historians date the practice back to the Ancient Romans who would throw a big party every New Year’s Eve called the Festival of Saturnalia where they would kiss and generally debauch one another as much as possible.” HA! - - No wonder Rome fell ...
But that's not all, according to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year, and the nature of this encounter, was believed to set the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss was seen as a symbol of strengthening ties with those you wish to maintain in the future. 😏
The New Year's kiss has been further popularized on the silver screen in films like When Harry Met Sally, Bridget Jones' Diary and The Godfather: Part II.
Everyone has that movie. You know, the one you can watch over and over again, because it's like visiting an old friend. It's on the TV during every break up, and you're mouthing the lines like a mantra.
For me, that movie is "When Harry Met Sally." I watch it every year around New Year's and sigh wistfully during the New Year's scene (gross I know) ¯ \ (ツ) / ¯. But, who doesn't want a "Harry" to run into the party that we're at on New Year's Eve and after all the shit they've put us through say:
Watch below for more dopamine ...
All that being said ...
stop looking for someone to kiss!
We all have to remember how many kissless New Year's Eve's it can take to find "the one," and not force ourselves to kiss someone just for the sake of tradition!
Why not be daring this year and stop looking for someone to kiss if you're not sure who that will be. You know who you're really going to spend the rest of your life with? - - YOU, yourself and you, you, you. So maybe if you're dead set on kissing someone, it's time to pick up your own hand and kiss it. For lack of being repetitive and cheesy, learn to love yourself, regardless of if your "When Harry Met Sally" New Year's Eve scene happens this year.
Make a list of all the things you love about yourself and strengthen your connection with the things that make you proud to be you. Chances are that those are the things your future "Harry" will fall in love with too.
Go have FUN!!! Kiss lots of things, or not, OR just your hand, ... but do what floats YOUR boat girl! xo
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