New Years Eve is sure different now than it was 20 years ago when my husband and I got married. New Years Eve used to be about parties with my husband and friends, and now it’s about helping my teens get ready for parties and dances and enjoying time with the kids who still want to be with mom and dad on New Years Eve.
How New Years Eve has changed over the years:
- 1995 – Roman and I were newly weds. He was finishing college and money was super tight. We had a close group of good friends that we loved to get together with. We were all starting out. New Years Eve was a fun party at our friend’s house. We had music, games, and good food. We laughed a lot and completely relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. As the clock struck midnight we all kissed.
- 2000 – We had 2 young sons and one on the way. Our friends also had young children so we got together with a few friends and tried to talk and play games while we entertained our little ones. We made it to midnight barely and at midnight we gathered our tired, cranky kids, said goodbye, and made vague plans to get together again soon.
- 2005 – Our young family had grown. We had 3 sons and a new tiny baby foster daughter. We set the clocks ahead and ate snacks with the kids, played and watched the ball drop at Time Square in New York on TV at 10:00 our time, then we kissed the kids and we all went to bed. At midnight Roman and I were asleep.
- 2010 – Our family had expended to 8 kids (our little foster daughter and her sisters were now our adopted daughters). Our kids were ages 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 17. We had a party at home for the kids with pizza, snacks, and games and at midnight, half of the kids were asleep so we drank sparkling apple juice in champagne glasses with the older kids and toasted the new year. Then we kissed the kids and carried the little ones to bed and we all went to bed.
- 2015 – This year our family has grown up to be filled with teenagers and pre-teens. Roman took the 2 youngest girls skiing this morning and they should be home by 11:00 pm to ring in the new year with me. I will be helping some of the teenagers get ready for the New Years Eve dance, and the others have parties. My cute 13 year old daughter decided to stay home from skiing so we could eat pizza and watch movies. I am so grateful for one more year with her before she goes to the dance next year. My oldest daughter is grounded so she and my oldest son will be home with us as well. So by 9:00 pm it will just be me and 3 of my kids watching chick flicks and eating pizza. The teenagers have an extended curfew for tonight only of 12:30 am so we will ring in the new year with about 1/2 of our kids by watching the ball drop at Time Square on TV and toasting with sparkling apple juice. Then we will go pick up kids from the dance and wait up until everyone is home before Roman and I go to sleep.
- 2020 – It’s fun to think of what New Years Eve will look like 5 years from now. We will still have at least 4 kids at home but our baby will be 15 so I doubt any of them will be home with us to celebrate. Maybe Roman and I will go out just the 2 of us. That would be fun.
It’s fun to think about how New Years Eve has changed over the years and think about how it will change. One thing has always been true: Roman and I have always chosen to spend this night with people we love.
How do you spend New Years Eve? I would love to hear from you.