Traditionally in our house, we don’t celebrate the New Year a great deal. Even as a child, my family were never big on the New Year. My husband and I have never seen the appeal of all the fuss and in our house, it really is just another day. Our children have always been in a bed time routine that certainly doesn’t involve staying up until midnight. If we were to try keeping them awake until then, I suspect we would have gremlins on our hands! When the boys were very small, it didn’t make a difference as they had no concept of the new year, so we carried on as normal and put them to bed on time without a fuss. Last year, with a 6 year old in tow, the concept of new year made a slight appearance, with him asking a few questions about what the new year means. So, we compromised slightly and had a “party”; my sister came over for the evening, we had some party food, some music and played twister. But as we suspected, the children didn’t cope so well with staying up beyond bedtime, so my husband found a YouTube video of the previous new year fireworks in London, played it on the TV at about 8.30pm and we took them to bed after that! It worked well, it got the concept across, the boys enjoyed “staying up late” and everyone was happy. Up until yesterday, that had been our plan for this year too. However, somewhere between exploring a castle and buying bags in Ikea, we found ourselves in a WhatsApp chat with family that has led to us spending the new year in my mum’s house – complete with a sleepover!! Whilst I am dubious this will go very well (excited boys getting a sleepover at nana’s + being up later than mummy and daddy would allow + sugar from all the treats their auntie has bought = an interesting night and subsequent grumpy day tomorrow)! However, it will be interesting to see exactly what happens and a new tradition is always a good idea right?!
How are all of you celebrating the new year? Do you let the children stay up until midnight? DO you go out and celebrate? I’d love to hear your experiences!