Include kids in New Year’s celebration

Kids and New Year’s Eve don’t really go together: too late, too much alcohol, too not kid-friendly.

But if you want to include your children in a celebration to mark the new year, just do it earlier. And don’t serve champagne.

When my West Coast friends with East Coast roots became parents, they started celebrating East Coast New Year’s. The festivities started at 6 p.m. and the big finale took place promptly at 9 p.m. Then off to bed — for everyone.

To be festive, provide noisemakers and hats, serve sparkling apple cider in plastic “goblets” and play lots of lively music. Don’t forget to count down to “midnight” and to sing “Auld Lang Syne.”

“Should old acquaintance be forgot,

“and never brought to mind?

“Should old acquaintance be forgot,

“and days of old lang syne?”

Herald staff

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