New Year’s Eve, the night when all of the holiday hustle and bustle nears its end. The night to reflect on the previous year and plan for the year ahead. Many people have started to take a different approach to the celebration by staying home rather than going to a huge event. It is much safer to stay in, and you do not have to go out with all of the amateurs who may not be able to handle the festivities.
You may choose to have an intimate party with only the members of your immediate family, or invite a few close friends to ring in the New Year. If you have teenagers, you have a better chance for them to enjoy the evening if you allow them to invite a friend. If you are single, you may choose to spend the entire night at home reading and listening to music.
Like any party, food is a must. Prepare the pork and sauerkraut in the crock pot early in the day, and it will be done for you to enjoy when you are ready. You may want to prepare a big dinner for everyone to sit down to if you are one who likes to cook to relax. Something about seeing everyone enjoy food and conversation over a nice dinner is very rewarding, and a great way to close the year. You can also go with food options that can be snacked on throughout the evening as people want to eat.
There are many things you can do as a family on New Year’s Eve at home such as board games, card games, puzzles, movies or watching the events across the country on television. Many times kids want to stay up all night on New Year’s Eve. If this is the case, provide them with as many options for activities as possible because the teenagers just might make it through the night.
For the younger kids who have the hope of staying up all night, suggest movies just after midnight (if they make it that long), and if they are tired they will probably fall asleep. The little ones getting sleep will make for a much better New Year’s Day, but they will feel included if they are allowed to at least try to stay up to see what all of the New Year’s Eve hoopla is about. If they sleep a little later on New Year’s Day, you as a parent may get to sleep in too. You should take advantage of this as it will probably be the only day of the year you have the luxury of sleeping late.
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