Keeping New Year’s Traditions

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As much as I would like to think of myself as one who goes to fun New Year’s Eve parties where you dress up in fancy gowns and dance the night away, I’ve never been invited to one. And quite honestly, even if we were invited to one, I don’t think FishPapa and I would go. We’re homebodies.

And I like that.

So, having kids and ringing in the New Year works very well for us. We stay home and do fun things. Over the years we’ve created some traditions that we love. They link us to years passed and to each other.

New Year’s Eve 2009

Going to the Beach

Since we’ve moved back to California after five years living in the Mid-West, we’ve enjoyed the freedom of going to the beach during New Year’s week. Some years have been a little chilly, others have been warm and sunny.

Often when one of the kids ask why we’re going to the beach, the answer is, “Because we can.” We don’t want to take the beautiful ocean for granted again.

New Year’s 2010

Baking a New Year’s Cake

You know we love cake around here. Every year for as long as I can remember, we’ve had a cake at New Year’s and we put number candles on top. It’s a wonderfully fun and delicious way to say hello to the New Year.

A Fun Breakfast and Watching the Parade on TV

I try to make some kind of fun breakfast on New Year’s Day. This year, I think it will be petit dejeuner. Then we watch the Rose Parade for awhile.

OK, maybe the kids aren’t all as interested in it as I am. But, I loved watching it when I was a child. While friends often drove to Pasadena to watch it in person, we just glued ourselves to the Tube. I still think it’s fun.

Grampa and FishBoy6

Watching Football

Some of us are football fans around here, so if we are home on New Year’s Day, there will be a football game going. I like football because there’s cool food to eat. Yes, I’m like that.

Catching a Good Movie Together

Some may think of watching movies as a passive activity. And it is. But at the same time, we’re sharing an experience together and it’s something that our entire family enjoys doing. Some of the movies on our list this week include Despicable Me, Tangled, and Toy Story 3.

In fact, this week we’ve received a review set of the Toy Story 3 Collector’s pack from Target. It’s got a Buzz that really talks as well as 3 different disks: Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy. FishChick4 is looking forward to making him a part of our New Year’s celebrations this week.

To Infinity and Beyond! To Infinity and Beyond! To Infinity…. I may go batty before the ball drops.

What do YOU do to celebrate the New Year?

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  1. Ooh… We’re such homebodies too.. We haven’t gotten a New Year Eve tradition as yet but I think we’ve gotta start some. Baking a cake sounds great so I’m gonna borrow that from you:-)

  2. We are homebodies too and very much enjoy it! Since getting married 4 years ago, we haven’t really established any special routines or traditions for New Years. We kind of treat it like most other holidays: just take it easy and relaxed, no work (unless it’s something we really wanted to do). Mostly we just count on being lazy and taking a break.

  3. We are homebodies as well!!

    When I was a kid at home we would always go to one of my dad’s sibling’s houses for a feast and wait till 12:00
    There would be lots of appetizers, grown up drinks for the adults, desserts and such but the draw for me was the seafood, each family brought a 1lb of shrimp per member of the family, there were 4 of us so my dad always brought 5lbs it was just like him to make sure there was plenty, then once everyone arrived the shrimp were all cooked in a huge pot and we all ate steamed spiced peel and eat shrimp. It was sooooo good!!

    Now that I am a mom and that all 3 of my babies were fall and winter babies, I just didn’t want to take them out in the cold to go to celebrate. So instead we buy some seafood and make our own appetizers and steamed spiced shrimp and enjoy being home, safe off the roads from those who may have had a little to much celebrating and just being together as a family. I can ring in the new year in my sweats, my husband’s t-shirt and my hair all up in a knot and be perfectly happy that I am not over dressed, uncomfortable and miles from home!!

    1. @Dana, the shrimp feast sounds really cool! My kids would be in awe of a pound a piece! But, it’s “on sale” here for $7/lb, so I’m thinking not this year. LOL.

  4. When I was growing up, we lived very close to downtown. So close, that we could sit on our front porch and watch the fireworks display. We also had spaghetti for dinner. We didn’t plan it that way. By that time, we were so tired of leftover turkey and ham that we wanted something different. Three years in a row we had spaghetti so it is now a tradition, along with black-eyed peas, pork, and greens on New Years Day.

    PS. Do my eyes deceive me, or are the two little girls in the cake picture Crystal’s daughters from MoneySavingMom?

  5. This is a great list. Most of the time, people make resolutions that seem impossible to keep. At least this way, you will be able to keep them for sure!

  6. traditons? this is the new beggining for us. We are starting traditions starting new years. we don’t really have anyfor Holidays. I think your ideas are wonderful!

  7. My husband and my sister’s boyfriend are old-school Nintendo nuts. Every New Year’s Eve they have to beat Super Mario Bros 3 in 10 minutes or less.

  8. For the last 4 years we have hosted a party at our house. Lots of food ( everyone brings a dish to share) I put out luminaries in the woods in our back yard and we ski or snow shoe in the woods. We also have a bon fire. I’m excited just thinking about it. This year they are calling for freezing rain :0( could everyone please pray for snow instead PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. @Jessica Fisher, As of now 6 out of 6 of us are down with colds and most of our snow has turned to wet slush. We have warned friend of the colds and will just be playing games and eating lots of food inside. Bummer on the bon fire ๐Ÿ™

  9. I hope you & your family have a great New Year & may it be filled with happiness & health. At our home we are usually asleep when the new year comes, but I think this year we’ll stay up & maybe bake something with the kids. Thank for the idea. Thx for all the great info you share with us.

  10. random question…are the two “extra” little girls in your 2010 picture Money Saving Mom’s kids? I think they look familiar, and I’m pretty sure that’s the only place that you and I would have “crossed paths” ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. @lee, yes. Those are Crystal’s girls. We met them when we lived in Kansas City and they came here last New Year’s to visit. Good times!

  11. We used to go to my husband’s Aunt’s house for games and snacks on New Years Eve and watch the ball drop, but since our kids are 5, almost 3 and I’ll be 36 weeks and 5 days pregnant we are staying home this year. I like the idea of a New Years cake and since I got mini muffin pans for Christmas I think I’ll make some mini cupcakes to celebrate the new year. We also always have pork and sauerkraut on New Years day. It’s the only time I will make it and my husband LOVES it. It was a tradition in my house for as long as I can remember…

  12. When our daughter was about 9 mos old (NYE 2006) my hubby and I realized we COULDN’T stay up till midnight. I came up with the idea to celebrate “Brittish New Year’s”. We live in the central time zone so Midnight in UK is 6pm for us.
    We are homebodies too so we (I) invite one or 2 other couples with kids over to celebrate with us.
    We get together about 4p and eat and hang out then at 5:59 we countdown and celebrate “Midnight”.
    I always use my Q’s to get lots of sparkling grape juice so the kids can sip “bubbly” too. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    It’s a great compromise and we are still in bed before 11pm.
    On NYDay-we have to uphold Southern Tradition: You MUST have Black Eyed Peas & Greens of some sort for Money.
    Also, according to my ‘Bama raised Mama-you can’t do work on NYDay b/c it means you will be doing those chores for a sick relative in the new year. That’s a bit of a downer, but a good excuse to not do ‘too much’ in the way of chores.
    Another thing she’s always said is that what you are doing on New Year’s Day you will do all year.
    I really like that b/c I usually spend NYDay with my hubby and daughter. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy New Year!

  13. New Year’s is a big event in our house. We’ve been counting down for a couple of weeks with an activity a day. I put a note with each on a wall and each day one has come down and they love seeing and counting it all down. On New Year’s Eve, the kids will get new pjs and get to light fountain fireworks (very bright but far quieter and last longer than the big bangs) after the sun goes down. Those over 3 will camp out in the living room and sing songs, have treats, play and watch until they crash one by one. They haven’t made it to midnight yet, but it’s fun to try. I then watch Big Ben and the fireworks at midnight and do some reflective writing. On New Year’s morning, we’ll have a special breakfast and they have a gift bags to open together (they don’t have any on the 25th) and spend the day together just us. We’re very homebodies and love marking time changes in special ways like this.

    1. I am intrigued. What happens at Big Ben? I imagine it’s like the ball dropping in Times Square? Thanks for sharing such great traditions! I’ll have to see if my people want to camp out….

      1. It similar in that it’s traditional, but there is no ball. We watch/listen to Big Ben gonging twelve times (eat something sweet for each gong) and then watching the fireworks on the Thames river. Lovely sight, even from the TV.