Week 1: Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?!
When I was a kid, we didn’t normally have a huge bash at New Year’s Eve like some people did.
Most of our family members lived within 2 hours of us, but not in the same town. Besides, we had seen all of them at Christmas, so we usually rang in the new year with just us (my parents and 3 siblings). New Year’s was normally spent at home with football and food – lots of chips and dip.
We would of course stay up until midnight and watch the ball drop on TV. Not very exciting, but as a kid we always thought staying up that late was so cool.
As I got to be a teenager, I generally spent New Year’s with friends who lived nearby. We always made sure we were spending the night somewhere, because really – who wants to be on the road on New Year’s Eve with a bunch of crazy drivers?
Now that I’m married and have a family of my own, we can make our own traditions. The kids like to drink sparkling cider from wine glasses at midnight – even though I have a feeling that they don’t really like the cider, they just like drinking out of grown-up glasses.
You would have thought that we would have at least had a huge celebration to ring in 2000, but we didn’t. We were living in San Antonio at the time and had a 6 month-old baby. We stayed at home and fell asleep soon after midnight. We’re boring, I know.
This year, we spent New Year’s Eve at Sea World in Orlando. Definitely one that we will all remember.