OT - New Years Traditions and Plans

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OT - New Years Traditions and Plans

Does anyone have any fun plans or traditions that they do for New Years?

For New Years Eve, we are having DH's cousins (all around the same age as us) over for a Game Night at our house with board games and snacks. Nothing too exciting, and who knows if I will even be able to stay up to see the ball drop this year (I've been going to bed exhausted by 10 every night lately.)

On New Years Day it was always tradition in my house when I was growing up to have kielbasa, sauerkraut, and baked potatoes for dinner. I have NO idea why. No one on either side of my family is Polish or Eastern European, or anything else that might explain that - my dad's Mexican and my mom is of Irish/Scottish descent. Maybe it came from the area of the country I grew up in (central OH?) In anycase, I always associate that meal with New Year's Day, and DH and T both like it, so that has become the tradition in our house too.

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We go to the beach with friends every year. This year two other couples and their kids are coming down to our house with us. We spend the afternoon eating appetizers, feed the kids and celebrate their "new year" with milk and cookies in champagne glasses at 8pm, and then eat a big feast of filet and king crab and stuffed mushrooms late at night. The guys do a polar bear plunge in the atlantic on NY's morning, and we spend the day being lazy and hungover and watching football, I usually make homemade chicken wings and nachos. We come home on the 2nd and get back to "real life", since my husbands been off all week its been unusually, uh, festive. I'm freaking exhausted.

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Nothing really set in stone. We've had friends over for NYE but they are going to a wedding this year so I think it will be a quiet night with the kids. We do get Chinese food every year so that is a bit of a tradition.

New Years Day can vary but since the birth of C almost 3 years ago it involves around planning for her arrival and now her parties (her bday is 1/6)

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We are always home with the kids, so we try to have a really special meal that night. Dave makes something extra delicious (and something extra for fussypants Juliet) and I make a special dessert. We haven't decided what the meal is but I think dessert has come down to either a pumpkin cheesecake or my 2nd-place-bake-off-winner Toffee Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake with Caramel Sauce and Sea Salt.

We have a nice meal all together, the kids go to bed, and we just hang out and appreciate our time together.

I used to do New Year's Day brunch and loved it, but it hasn't worked out as of late.

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We don't do anything special. Hubby will be working and my town does nothing for New Years eve at all, not even fireworks at midnight. DS will go to bed like normal and I will probably just go to bed and read and decide based on how tired I am what time I got to bed. This year it's going to be a long day as it's my Nanna's funeral that day.

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My son's birthday is New Years Eve so I have always told him that everyone celebrates on his birthday Smile He is about to turn 22 so he usually does something with his friends to celebrate now, but we still go out to dinner or at least have a small family party to celebrate his birthday sometime during the day.

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We go to our families cabin in the woods or we do nothing. This year my inlaws are going to be at the cabin so we will stay home. I do not love going anywhere that night because of all the people drunk driving.

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"ange84" wrote:

This year it's going to be a long day as it's my Nanna's funeral that day.

I'm so sorry.

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Ange, I am sorry for your loss.

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"ange84" wrote:

We don't do anything special. Hubby will be working and my town does nothing for New Years eve at all, not even fireworks at midnight. DS will go to bed like normal and I will probably just go to bed and read and decide based on how tired I am what time I got to bed. This year it's going to be a long day as it's my Nanna's funeral that day.

So sorry to hear of your loss. *hugs*

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Thanks, It made for a pretty terrible Christmas (she passed away lunch time Christmas day) but it wasn't unexpected, they turned her life support off on the Friday before. I have decided if it's not raining I am going to take DS to the races on New Years day. They have a big family fun race day with free rides, free food and a kids fashions on the field which i will enter him in if he cooperates because he has the cutest outfit (in my sig) Not sure he will be happy getting dressed up two days in a row though

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I'm so sorry Ange...

We normally don't do anything special on NYE. Normally we're recovering from spending the majority of the holidays over at my parents house.

Last year I ran a 5K on my own on the treadmill since it was about 15 degrees and incredibly windy. This year I'm doing a 5K down in Chicago with a good friend. It'll be cold, but that'll just make me run faster Lol .

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Ange, I am so sorry. Losing people we love is never easy, but at Christmas time it seems so much harder.

Carolyn, I LOVE running in the cold. I do a turkey trot every year on the sat after thanksgiving, it is my favorite race!

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"ange84" wrote:

This year it's going to be a long day as it's my Nanna's funeral that day.

:bighug: I'm so sorry!

Our tradition before we had kids was to walk around looking at all the holiday decorations & lights in everyone's windows, then head up to a small park on a hill where we could see the fireworks display without the crowds. We took a bottle of champagne with us & toasted the new year. We even did it the first two years after Tiven was born, just bundled her up in the sling. The year she turned two, there was no way we could take her out; she wouldn't have gone to sleep and she'd have been crying all night because of it, so we've stayed in since then. Last year Tiven was determined to stay up until midnight; she didn't make it but I woke her up at midnight. She stared at me for a moment like I was a two-headed alien, then shrugged, rolled over, and went back to sleep. I sooooo wish I'd gotten that reaction on video!

Our New Year's Day tradition is to make a big appetizer buffet & watch the Rose Parade (sometimes twice as it's usually replayed here later in the morning for the sleepyheads!) & then watch the Rose Bowl game. If the weather is nice, we'll go ride bikes because the streets in Golden Gate Park are blocked off on holidays; if not, we'll make a fire & hot chocolate & stay cozy.

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"mom3girls" wrote:

Ange, I am so sorry. Losing people we love is never easy, but at Christmas time it seems so much harder.

Carolyn, I LOVE running in the cold. I do a turkey trot every year on the sat after thanksgiving, it is my favorite race!

After our brutally hot summer, I've come to love running in the cold, too. I've done a local Turkey Trot 4 miler on Thanksgiving day the last two years, and try to run with friends at least once a week outside. The thing I hate is being sweaty AND cold...good excuse for coffee afterwards Smile

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I just hate running.
Smile

Also, I hate the cold.

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My husband is off NYE so we're going to stay home and have a party with the kiddies. We'll eat junk food, play board games, and wait for the ball to drop. I'll probably buy some cheesy party hats and noise makers and the girls will get a kick out of that.

New Year's Day the girls and I are going ice skating with some friends. And I'm sure I'll still be trying to put this house back together because it looks like a department store exploded in here.....

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"ange84" wrote:

We don't do anything special. Hubby will be working and my town does nothing for New Years eve at all, not even fireworks at midnight. DS will go to bed like normal and I will probably just go to bed and read and decide based on how tired I am what time I got to bed. This year it's going to be a long day as it's my Nanna's funeral that day.

I am sorry for your loss.

We are not doing anything super special. DH's birthday is the day before, so will will do fun things then.