My husband and I are not the partying type, never have been. In fact until 3 years ago we were most likely in bed asleep when the new year rang in. However, now that the children are older they are looking forward to the one night a year they can stay up to midnight. I can honestly say Mom and Dad, not so much, we want to sleep:)!
We have begun a small family tradition for ringing in the New Year that my children look forward too. One of the things we do is spend the last day of the year watching movies and eating snack trays. Yep, I don't cook a full meal at all that day! Kind of a strange tradition but since we never do this any other time of the year it has really been a hit for the children. I usually set out one or two trays at a time and when they are gone bring out the next one. Yes this does mean we are nibbling all day long!!! This year trays include but not put out in this order are:
At 11:30 we turn on the telly and watch the New Year' Eve special to see the New Year ring in around the world, have a quick toast with the kids to ring in the New Year (with sparkling cider). This year I even bought those popper things for the kids to let loose at midnight. Then Mom and Dad are heading head straight to bed:). However, my kids plan to sleep in their sleeping bags next to the Christmas tree in the living room. For some reason they think this is the greatest part of the New Year!
That is how we ring in the New year, it isn't fancy, but my kids love it and look forward to it and that is what is most important!
Hope you and your family had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year!!!