Ok, truth time. I don’t do New Year’s Eve.
I’ve been getting up before 6 for the last 11 years and nothing, not even staying up until midnight, is going to change that. Let’s face it, some kids are just morning people. With four of them, you can guarantee that at least one will get up just because the sun is peaking through the clouds. So, that means that I just don’t do the whole staying-up-til-midnight thing. This morning my husband and I were standing in our kitchen talking about our plans for the weekend and his casual and oh-so-sweet response really got me. He said, “Go to bed early?” You have to laugh at the fact that I don’t even think about staying up late.
Last year, my husband thought he’d try something different and invited family friends over for the evening. Their kids and ours get along really well! I had a fun night planned out, brought down all the pillows and blankets, provided some extras for my friend’s kids, popped some popcorn and chose some really good movies. It certainly didn’t go as planned.
The kids were not interested in the movies at all and I fell asleep on the couch while my husband was stuck entertaining the guests. Don’t feel bad for him though, he loves these people and we consider them a lot like family. They don’t require entertainment and they weren’t fazed at all by me falling asleep on the couch.
Honestly, I don’t remember much after that. Close to midnight, I walked myself up the stairs and went to bed. Who knows what happened that night! I do know that, just like every other day, we were still up before 6, making breakfast. The only difference was that everyone was a bit grumpier about missing out on some sleep.
This year, I’m thinking of doing the earlier New Year’s Eve party. I even saw on Pinterest, that some people are having “Noon” Year’s Eve parties! What a fantastic way to bring in the New Year, especially if you have younger kids, or kids who don’t care what day it is, they still get up early, or if you want to have a New Year’s Eve out with hubby or some friends. There are so many benefits to this whole shift.
Not to mention, Netflix has a TONS of countdown shows that you can play at any time, day or night. If you wanted to you, you could have ten count downs to the New Year. The world is your oyster when it comes to celebrating with your family. Don’t hold yourself to the “typical” traditions. Create your own!
So, if you’re like me, and need just a little bit of extra sleep the next day, try a “Noon” Year’s Eve Party, or just move the time up a bit. Really, it’s about your sanity, not about the time.