Wanna hear a secret? I’ve never liked going out on New Year’s Eve. I remember once, when I was about 25, I went to some glam black-tie dealie at a hotel where I got loaded at the open bar, danced with a guy named Eli who I never saw again, and my friend Tina threw up on me while we waited for a cab. Good times, huh? I think I was what people mean when they call New Year’s Eve “amateur night” because I clearly lacked the skills to truly enjoy the event.
I’m glad I did that back when I was the right age for it because it confirmed for me that I really don’t groove on New Year’s Eve stuff. I’m happier to hang out at home, where’s it’s warm and I don’t need to worry about who’s going to drive. Also, I don’t have to wear uncomfortable shoes. Even when my husband and I were still dating, we did quiet New Year’s Eves. It’s much cozier and low-stress. Having kids is the perfect excuse to do what I’m inclined to do anyway.
Since both of ours are too little to stay up until midnight – though the baby might make a liar out of me and wake up around then just for fun - it tends to be a grown-up holiday. I’ll make the early part of the night festive by making a turkey dinner and I’ll get some of those crackers because my son likes the little toys. Well probably watch a movie as a family and then do bedtime.
Once the kids are in bed, I’m going to make my husband crack open his Christmas gift from me – the complete collection of Entourage DVDs and we can watch them while drinking wine. I’d like to think I’ll be able to stay awake until midnight to welcome in the New Year by kissing my husband but more likely, I’ll fall asleep well before then. Being a mom is tiring, yo.
As lame as my plans may seem, I’m really looking forward to them. Most of all, I’m looking forward to starting 2013 with my family!
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