Just because New Year’s Eve galas have been replaced with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at home with the kids (and you’re cool with that), that doesn’t mean the night can’t be special. Here are some ideas from moms on how to keep Dec. 31 from being just another night.
Do dinner before the kids scatter. Even now that her teen sons have their own party plans, Melissa Pasanen’s whole family gathers first for lobster bisque and Caesar salad. “The kids really appreciate traditions, and it’s a nice family touchstone before they head out for their own celebrations,” says the South Burlington, Vt., mom and writer.
Make a time capsule. Ask each family member to place small objects of personal significance in a Mason jar—anything that tells the story of your life in the past year—then hide the jar away for at least a year or two.
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