Skip to main content

Friday Family History: New Year's Eve Memories

New Year's Eve memories from my childhood did not include Times Square, noise makers, or midnight kisses.  They did include Scrabble games, popcorn, and getting to stay up late.

Perhaps most exciting of all to us kids, Dad would borrow audio-visual equipment from the school, and our TV-free home would be the venue for a yearly movie marathon.  We laughed along to films such as "The Gods Must Be Crazy" and "The Pink Panther." After two or three movies, the clock struck midnight, and the party ended. 

My own children's memories of New Year's Eve include games, movies, snacks, and staying up late.  They also include memories of me falling asleep during the movies, and John waking me up at about 11:55 every year.  New Year's Eve for me now means a sleepy countdown, "Happy New Year!", a kiss from John, then the party is over.

How do you ring in the New Year?
Thanks for the memories of 2012 and the anticipation of 2013.


Pin It

Comments

  1. As a child, I was in bed waaaaay before midnight....as an adult...I am in bed waaaaay before midnight. LOL....just not a party person.

    ReplyDelete
  2. My memories are very similar - board games with family friends and visiting. It was delightful.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I remember the ball dropping in Times Square on New Year's Eve and having soda/snacks up to that time. Now we try to watch the ball but generally go to bed around 10 or so!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Before we moved to the farm, we would have a New Years party for friends in our neighborhood. Since everyone had small children, we would celebrate with a different country who hit midnight earlier , which meant our countdown would be at about 9:00 our time. We would have food from that country, noisemakers, confetti balloons, the whole bit. We even had a ball drop from our vaulted ceiling. The best part: everyone was home and in bed by 11:00. Being out at the farm, it just isn't as feasible.
    Enjoy your evening!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Those are the BEST memories -- family time! My best memories as a child were spending New Year's Eve with my grandparents, and me and my MawMaw "trying" to stay up until midnight. My PawPaw would be snoring away in his favorite recliner, but he always woke up happy to hugs and snuggles!

    Happy New Year!
    Carol

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

It's #RootsTech Giveaway Time!

In February of 2018, not knowing exactly what to expect, I attended RootsTech for the first time. What I learned is that RootsTech has something for everyone, from the most beginner of beginners to professional DNA genealogists. If you are interested in your own family story, come to RootsTech! RootsTech offers over 300 classes, amazing keynote speakers, an Expo Hall packed with all sorts of vendors, and evening cultural events. 

After an enjoyable experience in 2018, I returned in 2019, and even got my husband, John, to come one of the days to hear Saroo Brierley give a keynote address. 

Speaking of keynote addresses, this week RootsTech just announced that one of the speakers for 2020 will be David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. I can't wait to hear his story!

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and is bound to be the best one yet! I have been delighted to be accepted as an official RootsTech ambassador. One of the perks is that I received a c…

Ten Things of Thankful: Nearly Christmas Edition

This is a busy time of year, and though it isn't as busy for me as it has been in past years, my to-do list still seems longer than the hours in the days. However, I find that when I spend time to focus on the reason for the season, I can feel the joy of Christmas and the tasks-at-hand fall back into their proper place. This week I had the opportunity to attend some wonderful events, and I'd love to take you along for a virtual tour:

Let's start at the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, last Friday night. The Tabernacle Choir joined with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square, along with dancers and guest artists Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas, to present a spectacular Christmas concert. Although I couldn't record any of the performance, the following 2-minute video from the church provides an overview:




The last time John and I had attended a Christmas concert by the Tabernacle Choir, they were still holding those conc…

Ten Things of Thankful: Dad's Influence Edition

Here in the United States, it is Father's Day weekend. I did not realize until recently that Father's Day was not officially made a holiday until 1972. 1972! Now, while I realize that many people consider 1972 eons ago, I do not. I'm glad that fathers have a day of recognition now, because they surely deserve acknowledgement. 
I thought for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I would list ten lessons I'm thankful my dad taught me.
My dad is a teacher. Not only did he impart his knowledge to countless junior high aged kids throughout his career, he taught--and still teaches--my siblings and me. He is not a preachy teacher; he's a humble man whose lessons I feel like I learned through osmosis.
When he would get home from work, we'd all sit down as a family for supper. Often, our phone would ring, and on the other end of the line would be a parent of one of my dad's students. 
Hello, Mrs. _______. How can I help you? . . . (an irate woman's voice is h…