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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 you became a mom?

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Sarah B December 30, 2010, 8:26 PM

so smart, but I live in the East, so this wouldn’t quite work the same way!

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