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Old 12-28-2014, 09:39 AM
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Default �� New year ahead

so, what is your New Year tradition? Do you make resolutions? Stay up till midnight ? Make noise at midnight?

I find new beginnings to be refreshing. I stopped making and breaking resolutions a long time ago. Lol. My neighbors shoot guns at midnight. I live in a rural area that has no problem with that.

Honestly if I was alone, I don't think I could stay up til midnight, but I have lots of brothers and sisters and we all have kids. We followed our parents' tradition of including all children in celebrations of the New Year. We have lots of food and play cards while watching the Dick Clark program (now Ryan Seacrest). At midnight, the kids are given pots and spoons to go outside and bang. We all hug and kiss everyone and then everyone goes home.

It's the same every year. What is your tradition? In any case, sending forth best wishes for a healthy and hopefilled 2015!!

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Old 12-28-2014, 03:15 PM
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We usually ring in the new year with friends we know from church. None of us drink so there's no alcohol.

New Year's morning, son and I go to IHOP for breakfast. Later in the day, we usually go to an open house another friend always has.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:20 PM
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Dang made a big post and lost it. lol. I was saying that we only recently got an IHOP and my one son bought his brother an IHOP gift card for Christmas. I have only been in the San Diego one. I loved it.

BF and I bought pork today to cook on New Years Day. My stomach cannot take sauerkraut anymore so we do a rub on it. It will be a relaxing day I hope.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:33 PM
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Also-curious me wants to know when do you undecorate?? I do it no sooner than January first. This year it will probably be the Sunday after??? Some years I tire of it sooner but never take it down til January first at the least.

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I started the IHOP tradition with my son when he was too little to stay up til midnight. I guess IHOPs are more popular around here. We have a few of them within a 5-10 mile radius from us.

I always undecorate after new years, usually like the day after or at least by the wknd after.
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I use to take the decorations down the day after Christmas , (didn't want my tree to burn down while I was gone)because every year we would then head to the desert to go dirt bike riding with a club we belong to and ring in the New Year out in the desert camping , and hanging out around the campfire , having a big potluck eating and drinking till midnight . But have not done it the last two years since my son has been gone. Just not feeling it. We still go out riding other months with the group but it's not the same without the kids. Daughter had surgery last year right before New Years so that also was another reason didn't go. I'm ok with the change. Will ring it in with a few good friends like I did
last year at my girlfriends house. Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!
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After seeing everyone out at the desert throw there old dried up trees into the fire pit and watch then explode into a bonfire in one second I finally gave in and let my husband talk me into getting a fake tree. Now I leave it up longer cause I'm not so worried about the fire hazard. Still love the look and smell of a fresh tree. maybe when my son comes home I'll get a fresh one again . Always had a beautiful full noble tree growing up. My dad would take days hunting down just the perfect one.
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My husband and I usually curl up at home and munch on finger food and wine. He's a total sports nut so we watch whatever is on that night. My son and his girlfriend are visiting us from the U.P. and I assume they would rather go out than hang with us old geezers. On News Years Day, a neighbor has a party. We will probably stop in for a bit and have a drink. Pretty low key.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:26 AM
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My aunt and uncle live in Southern California. They always told us about those desert camping trips with their kids and dune buggys. Sounded like so much fun!

I can't believe it when I think of it, but my parents always had a live tree and for many years, they put it up right next to the fireplace! Whew that was dangerous! I also remember watching Guy Lombardo and all those people dancing all dressed up. It wasn't New Years til they played "Old Lang Syne".
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was looking back a couple years to this thread. Funny how things change in some ways but stay the same in others. Our new years no longer include kids or siblings. We and they grew older and we're boring for them. Haha plus we enjoy the peaceful celebrations.

If you are reading this, you survived Christmas. Christmas Eve morning I received a call from a woman I don't know from my church. Someone gave her my number and she was calling because her son was picked up on a warrant night before. Her only child and she has no spouse or partner. Sadly, he is going to be locked up a while without bail. Second offense and first incarceration. She had been told that my son had been in this jail and just wanted reassurance that her son would be ok.

I'm thankful I was able to tell her about the place, but saddened for her son and her. Knowing the road ahead for her, it was heartbreaking.

You never know what can happen in a day. It truly makes me appreciate each moment that we have. Wishing you all many rich blessings in 2017!
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We don't have a New Years Eve tradition but usually go to the movies. Don't drink much and as I'm a volunteer FF too (we live in rural area) there are usually calls....

2017 will mark the half-way point in our journey with our son - he gets out in 2021. He does get to start school in Jan which for him is a true blessing. He has been sitting in prison 3+ years doing absolutely nothing - no job, no school, no programs, nothing.
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We usually celebrate at home either with our child and friends or just together never been much to party. This year I will be home alone and in bed by 11 And I'm not complaining about that. And I will visit him on the first and get my new year kiss.
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We usually just go to church the kids and I but want I really want is for my hubby to call me for New years .He gets phone privilege back January 17,2017
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