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Why I Ring in the New Year 3 Hours Early

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One mom shares her strategies for the perfect kid-friendly New Year's Eve.

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Momlogic's Julie: I used to love to stay out all hours to celebrate New Year's Eve. I made reservations at swanky restaurants months in advance, went to the most exclusive parties, and made sure my outfit was just so. But since having kids, that's just not appealing anymore. I love to ring in the new year with my children, and they just get such a kick out of doing the countdown. The problem: If they stayed up 'til midnight, they'd be a wreck ... and I'd be a wreck by association.

My friends and I have come up with a solution that seems to work for everyone. Because we're on the west coast, for the last several years we have celebrated the east coast New Year's together. We dress up, make a big dinner, and then watch the east coast feed of Dick Clark's Rockin Eve. That way, the bubbly and fizzy apple cider is poured by 9:00 p.m. and we're all snug in our beds by the crack of 10:30.

Are we lame? Maybe. But this way, we all get to celebrate in a kid-friendly way and we don't feel like crap the next day. Plus, we save hundreds and hundreds on babysitters and overpriced steak-and-lobster dinners ... which means we don't have a financial hangover, either.

How have your New Year's Eve celebrations changed since becoming a mom?


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Alicia December 31, 2008, 2:09 PM

It’s a great way to ring in the new year with kids. This is the second year now we’ve been invited to a toddler/pre-schooler new year’s eve bash that starts at 6:00. Great for the parents too because the kids can get to bed at a decent time and we have a choice — stay up or get some extra zzzzs.

Happy New Year!


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