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We like to stay in on New Year’s Eve. Not because we don’t like a great time– we do. We just don’t like the cost, crowds, and inconvenience that “great time” presents on this specific day of the year. So, for about 9 years now, we’ve opted to stay home. Getting all dressed up to go absolutely no where, cooking a fabulous dinner and dessert, dancing to music that we actually like (not some house remix where they butcher the best songs from the 80’s & 90’s!) all in the comfort of our own home. No, we don’t turn on the television and watch the ball drop– we play games, laugh, look at pictures from the past year, and toast the New Year with the rest of the world at midnight.
When we started having kids, we wanted to make traditions with them. Because our New Year’s Eve celebrations already centered around being at home, including the kids wasn’t a stretch.
Starting today, and finishing up tomorrow, we do a massive house clean. We will cook a lucky dinner. The kids love a meal that we tried last New Years and it was requested again! Soba Noodles with Shrimp is super easy to make and really delicious. Just be sure to slurp your noodles and don’t bite them! The long noodles represent longevity. We will also be eating a very leafy green salad — to bring prosperity into our new year! Following dinner, we make a wish with our Flying Wish Paper. This tradition started years ago when they became popular in the media– and certainly take center stage on our New Year’s Eve.
Every year, we each write a wish on a piece of magic paper included in the kit, and then light it and watch our wish fly into the air! It really is magical!
Our celebration ends with 12 grapes at mid-night and sparklers in the snow….er…..under the palm trees. We’ll awake in 2014 to homemade doughnuts for breakfast and continue our lucky feasting and daydreaming well into the afternoon!
Did all this luck-making change our 2013? Perhaps. Either way, preparing for and daydreaming of things to come is always a precursor to changes to be made, which in-turn, creates a certain amount of luck.
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts,
the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then
listen close to me….
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be!”
— Shel Silverstein
Best wishes to a lucky, magical, and healthy New Year! May your new year take you down new and exciting paths and lead you on great adventures!