I'm going to sound like a complete wet blanket but I go to bed!!! Can't stand New Year's Eve for some reason so sleep through it.
In Scotland there's this huge thing about "Hogmanay" which is what they call New Year's Eve. After midnight, you're supposed to go around the houses and "first foot" everybody, including complete strangers. This involves take a piece of coal, usually some whiskey, shortbread or fruitcake and handing it to the resident of the house. It's symbolic usually meaning that you wish them prosperity (heat, food and drink etc) for the forthcoming year. In an ideal world, your first "first-footer" would be a tall dark haired man but hey, beggars can't be choosers!!
Please check out the Wiki link HERE
if you'd like to know the origins etc.