For many years, we have spent the week after Christmas in Oklahoma, visiting my husband's parents. We always have a festive little New Year's Eve celebration, complete with hats, horns, streamers, English crackers, and sparkling juice. When our boys were young, we would do our countdown and celebration at 8 pm! This worked out well for my mother-in-law and I, too, since she had Parkinson's and I have my own chronic illness, so we couldn't always make it until midnight anyway.
Our boys are now 14 and 18 and much, much taller than I am! My mother-in-law passed away two years ago, so it's just the five of us now on New Year's Eve, but we still enjoy our celebration tradition. We can now stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV (thank goodness Oklahoma is in Central Time, so I can still get to bed by 11:30!).
Here are some pictures of then and now. We love our little celebration!
Happy New Year!
|New Year's Eve 2004 with Grandma and Grandad|
|New Year's Eve 2012 with Grandad|