It seems there is New Year’s Eve before kids and New Year’s Eve after kids. For some, adding children to the mix doesn’t interfere with their social calendar. For us, it became a chosen change. Once they were old enough to have fun with us on New Year’s, we started having parties that included children!
Before having children, my husband and I would gather with friends, we would all eat some yummy food and sit around together. Talking, eating (way too much!!), having fun and planning what the New Year would hold for each of us. We would surround ourselves with like-minded people that had the same goals and dreams that we had. It really was a very spiritual and uplifting time!
Once we started having children, much of the same continued, but the hours didn’t last as long at night and our company changed slightly. Most people that don’t have children, can’t really get too excited about the little people running around while we are trying to have grown-up conversations. When celebrating with children, we still have conversations, but they are not as deep, they are not as quiet and most times, we end up yelling across the table or the room instead of sipping quietly on some hot chocolate on the couch and eating cookies while we play a quiet game together.
Another thing that changed after kids, was what and how often we watched television. I’m always amazed and what one can see on the television these days as well as on New Year’s Eve? Goodness! I am not a fan of letting my children see it, so we create alternative fun activities. Here are some of our ideas for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Now we get together with some of our most favorite people in the world, but with those people, we get to play and dream with on a very fun day of the year…and with our children!
We pick family-friendly games. Some of my favorites that span the age range of my children are Spot It, Headbandz, Candyland, Racoon Rumpus and Pop the Pig. LOTS of fun!
We also create a fun Pinterest worthy food array that makes the kids scream with laughter! My friends and I each pick a fun food and make it…then we fill in with normal food. It gets the kids smiling and it’s easy if we all work together! Personally, I LOVE fondue with kids!
Have fun! Overall, it’s all about having a good time. We spend time together, we talk about what our kids want to achieve in the New Year. We talk about what we, as parents, want to achieve in the New Year. We talk about how we have been BLESSED over the past year, most importantly. Just because we include the kids now, doesn’t take the fun out of our celebrating. To me, it’s 100 times better!!
How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve with your children?