One of this season's discoveries has been Stilton cheese and shiraz. How did that take me thirty-six years to discover?
But alcohol is not necessary for good celebration. In fact, it's often proof that our parties are dull, pointless and just a little desperate.
On New Year's Eve, I argue that we might plan for a sober night, even if we enjoy it with a tipple. A sample:
Many end-of-year revels are a process of double deferral. First, deferral to the crowd: the ''where it's happening'', which will provide the joy missing for most of the year.
Second, and because this frequently fails, deferral to the bottle: a quick way to veil the worst, and embroider the best. Either way, it is a refusal to trust oneself to provide the conditions for happiness, and to cope when these are lacking.(Photo: Daily Mail)