As relationship expert and psychotherapist Toni Coleman explains, "New Year's Eve signifies new beginnings, and therefore, when ringing in a New Year, it feels very important to do so with the person you plan to share this year and years to come with."
If you can't be physically together, though, don't despair. You can still celebrate the New Year's Eve with one another despite the distance. Here's how.
1. Set up a romantic scene.
You may not be able to snuggle on the couch together, but that doesn't mean you can't turn your living space or even your bedroom into a romantic retreat you can both share for the night. Light your fireplace (or several candles) and decorate your space in other ways that feel special, then video chat your significant other, suggests Coleman. "Share an intimate conversation, during which you can discuss the coming year, yours future plans, and anything else you might talk about," she says.
2. Sync up your schedules.
As long-distance daters, you're probably very used to long-distance dates — periods of time in which you do the same thing, together, even while you're apart. So on this special night, you can prepare the same meal and share a romantic dinner while you watch a rom-com in sync with one another, says Lesli Doares, marriage coach and author of Blueprint For A Lasting Marriage. (May we recommend When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, or An Affair to Remember?) "Choosing to spend time together instead of with other friends, even though you are apart, emphasizes the importance of your relationship," says Doares.
3. Exchange gifts.
You're separated by distance, but a thoughtful gift can close the geographical gap. Send your significant other something they'll enjoy in the new year, then set aside time on New Year's Eve to open your presents together, suggest Coleman. When you're buying your gifts, think about things you might be able to enjoy together, even while you're opening them. "Maybe trying on that sexy piece of clothing or accessory," she says, "or demonstrate how that new gadget you just opened works."
4. Connect throughout the day.
The big New Year's Eve celebration takes place at night. But that doesn't mean you can't connect with your S.O. in special ways all day long. "Take pictures or videos or FaceTime each other throughout the day and evening to share what you each are doing," says Doares. "This provides a sense of connection and involvement despite the distance." And it makes you feel like you're experiencing everything together.
5. Countdown the new year over Skype.
If you've got a WiFi connection, you can countdown to 2017 together despite the distance. Log on to Skype — or another video program of your choosing — in the moments before midnight, then countdown to midnight and even share a virtual kiss when the clock strikes 12, suggests Doares. "This allows you to still share the special moment and tradition of New Year's Eve," she says, "and not feel alone or left out of the celebration."