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Why I Ring in the New Year Three Hours Early

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I used to love to stay out till all hours to celebrate New Year's Eve. But since having kids, I'm in bed way before midnight. Here's why.


Momlogic's Julie: I used to love to stay out till 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 PM 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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8 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous December 31, 2009, 9:37 AM


jo December 31, 2009, 9:44 AM


Anonymous December 31, 2009, 5:47 PM

What are you showing off that you used to attend rich parties and dine on lobster? Good for you..not all of us can do that in today’s economy. Stop showing off!

Anonymous December 31, 2009, 5:58 PM

Wow your life really sucks now.

Katie January 1, 2010, 9:04 AM

I agree with the author. We had to stay home too because our little ones can’t handle the late hours and they never sleep in nor nap to make up for it. Each parent handles thing differently. As long as you have fun!

tennmom January 3, 2010, 2:29 PM

Our daughters are 10 and 12 now but we stay home on New Year’s Eve b/c I don’t want to take the chance of having an accident with a drunk driver.
I don’t need much excitement. We watched movies, the husband and I had a bottle of champagne.
The kids can stay awake longer than me nowadays ;)

Anonymous January 4, 2010, 8:30 AM

MY NYE hasn’t changed since having kids. We still go out to eat w/all our friends - kids just come with now

Tired Mom January 4, 2010, 11:13 AM

I am with you! I celebrate the day and have a great time with family and friends. I usually am in bed by 10pm- I find New Year’s Eve over-rated.

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