As New Year’s Eve approaches I’m trying decide if we should spend it as a couple or as a family.
For the last two years we’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve with other families. Two years ago we had a dinner party with two other couples. The kids ran wild in the basement after dinner and played karoke with the adults later. I think they left before midnight but they were all worn out.
Last year our friends threw a family party at their pool clubhouse. The girls had fun dressing up a little bit and getting sparkly. The dad’s played poker while the moms visited. The kids ran around and did some crafts. The highlight was shooting off fireworks around 10:30 pretending it was midnight. The kids had a great time.
This year we haven’t heard of any family parties, but we have been invited to a couple’s party. We thought we were going to go until Rose asked “What party are WE going to for New Year’s?”
Her expectation now is that we will always celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family. I would feel terrible leaving her behind.
Also now that the kids understand what New Year’s is, it seems kind of appropriate to celebrate a brand new year – a brand new start — with the most important people in your world.
Maybe we’ll make some Chinese food and invite families over again.
Is New Year’s Eve meant for couples or families to celebrate? Do you go out? Do you stay in?
Do you celebrate with other families? What do you do as a family? How late do the kids get to stay up?