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December 25, 2012



I was thinking of having an early countdown for the kids.
Instead of a countdown to midnight. On the Saturday before
the New Year, we are having a countdown to NOON with
streamers and balloons and sparkling grape juice.

Then the kids can do a little dancing or playtime, lunch and the
party's done. The kids will feel that they've been included for
something important and you can still get them to bed on NYE
at a decent time.


I have wonderful New Year's Eve memories from when I was a little girl. I was allowed to stay up until midnight (usually having had a nap earlier) and celebrate with my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It was great fun to ring in the New Year as a family!
Now, with my own young children, I have allowed them to stay up until midnight so that they, too can have lifelong memories of watching fireworks and celebrating with everyone else. Of course, this is done within reason and various factors come into play. If they're tired and no one is up to staying awake and venturing out (especially if it's very cold), then we all go to sleep early. Sometimes the adults can't make it to midnight either! So in short, if it works out, great. If not, that's also fine. Either way, we enjoy our traditional lentils and bake a cake on New Year's day.
Happy New Year everyone, all the best in 2013!

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