Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

When I was young, New Year's Eve held such a mystique. Adults made this huge deal about dressing up and going out past (gasp) midnight!  I'd heard things about people gathering in the streets just to welcome in the new year. And, of course, the ultimate in the celebrations -- the ball dropping in New York's Times Square.

It wasn't until I was old enough to go out, and then got cable TV, that I realized all my views on the celebrations were a bit skewed. Staying up until midnight wasn't that exciting - you could do it any night. The 10 second glass ball drop in New York, watched by people crowded into Times Square like sardines, brought on an outcry of "that's it?"  I felt a bit like I'd exposed the emperor with no clothes.

Notwithstanding the crushed expectations, I still try to celebrate the new year.

This year, we took the kids to a local park that had a great display of fireworks at 8pm! That's a time that can't be beat. We bundled up, headed out, and watched the fireworks with a small crowd of others with youngsters.

When we got home we drank hot chocolate and watched some east coast coverage for the 10pm (our time) ringing in of the new year. Of course, we watched the ball drop.

I love that kids can now participate in a new year's celebration even if it means that they will never hold it with the same awe and wonder that I did as a kid.

1 comment:

  1. Happy New Year to you!! Sounds wonderful. Love the pic - who's the burly guy????