Ringing in the New Year: Ah, the Memories

I remember, as a kid, when I became old enough to stay up till midnight on New Year’s Eve. Oh, I was something else! Every year, it was so exciting and intriguing to ring in the new year. We would go outside and bang pots and pans and yell “Happy New Year!” I’m sure our neighbors really appreciated that!

And before we had kids, my husband and I used to host sleep-over parties with our good friends and play games all night. One year, Judd was going to shave his hair really short , so, he gave himself a mohawk right before our party. You should have seen the faces of our friends when they opened the door! Thankfully, he shaved the whole thing a few hours later!

I’ll admit, the last few years I’ve been a little complacent about celebrating the New Year. But I thought about trying a trick a friend shared with me: Set all your clocks back before bedtime, and let the kids ring in the New Year early. They’ll never know.

So we ended up going to dinner with some friends, and now hubby and I are just going to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie. Someone on Twitter asked “What is the average age that you stop staying up till midnight on New Year’s Eve?” I said I think it is directly related to how many kids you have.

What do you think? And what are you doing tonight?

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  1. Amy Bennett says:

    Currently hubby is at work, kids are in bed and I’m watching Dark Knight on my mac while surfing on my PC 🙂 I’m getting old!


  2. aworkingmomsjoy says:

    It took three kids for us, lol. This year we took them bowling between 5-7pm it included pizza, pop, hats and whistles. We had a blast! I think this is going to be our new tradition.

    For the actual turning of the new year, we slept through it, lol.



  3. This was the 1st year I let my oldest son (15) go out to a friends house for a party so I had to stay up this year. I was so nervous about it. I rang in the NY while changing a dirty diaper on the 2 year old while the 1 yr old was standing beside me waiting on his. The 10 year old was really excited to stay up and she screamed and yelled! The 16yr old fell down the steps right after NY so that was a bit exciting too. What a night.

    OK so I am feeling a little old and I’m in the mist of several stages in my home and I’m looking forward to the NY and all the new stages we’ll be going into.


  4. Coma Girl says:

    We ordered in and watched a “How I met your mother” marathon. We were in bed by 12:30 – I make sure that we at least stay up to kiss at midnight…then we go to bed 😉


  5. Painter Mommy says:

    Hubby and I put the kids to bed early and we watched a movie together. I am pretty boring when it comes to all the New Year hype.

    Maybe when the kids get a little bit older…

    I did hop on Twitter though, before I went to bed and there was a Twitter New Years party going on. That was fun!

    Happy New Year!!!


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