Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

For the past few years, we have had a tradition of going out to dinner around 4 or 5 pm on New Years Eve. When we go early, there are no crowds and we usually have Restaurant Gift Cards from Christmas, which makes the choice of where we eat. Sometimes we go with other couples, sometimes with our children.

Once dinner is over, we head home and hunker down for an at-home family celebration. Games, Movies, Snacks, Silly String, Fireworks, and more. The important point...we are home together...not on the streets...and MORE important...our children are home and not on the streets. We make it fun and memorable, and safe.

My friends, the Smaros, have had the tradition of staying home for family movie night on New Year's Eve for many years now. Recently, while talking with Jan Smaro, she reminded me of their tradition and how important it had been during the years their now grown daughters were dating. Everyone knew the tradition and did not make plans to be out on the roads or at parties with friends, etc. 

The more I ponder this tradition, the more I love the thought of starting the New Year with those I love the family.

New Year's Day?????? Now that is another day full of traditions. Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, Football Games, Packing Up Christmas, Hanging the new wall calendar, Cleaning the refrigerator & pantry and purging the junk food from the past few weeks, etc.

What are you doing New Years Eve?
What are your New Years Eve Traditions?
What are your favorite New Years Eve Memories?
What about New Years Day?

Can you seriously believe 2011 is staring us straight in the face????

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