I remember as a kid New Year was spent with my Grandparents while Mum & Dad had a night out. Mum always said it was their chance to let their hair down when they’d spent Christmas catering for everyone else. Grandma used to let us stay up when we were older but would always say “I don’t know what you think you’re going to see” and we’d be in bed by 5 minutes past midnight! She wasn’t wrong really was she?
Our New Year celebrations have changed dramatically over the past decade – more so in the last 6yrs since we’ve been parents ourselves. In our early to mid twenties New Years Eve was all about two full days of clubs, parties and general hedonistic merriment. By our mid to late twenties New Year had become more about New Year’s Day, also known as K Day! Long, relaxed days in the pub with friends to celebrate Kirsty’s birthday.
New Year in our thirties? We’ve had the odd night out, the odd night in with friends . . . this year we have no plans at all.
Today we’ve been for a good stomp around Heaton Park to get some fresh air into us, a cheeky lunch in Morribobs & then home to watch film together before getting all three children to bed as usual. This evening Dave and I will be enjoying turkey curry and some goodies from our Hotel Chocolat “selection box” whilst we watch a film and will more than likely see in the New Year asleep!
I can’t say I haven’t felt a bit grumpy about not goin gout this year this year, I regret that we didn’t make plans, that we’re not getting dressed up to go and spend time with our friends however I’m also counting my blessings. I know how lucky I am to have my gorgeous family around me as we say goodbye to 2014. Maybe next year we’ll be a bit more organised and make some plans for celebrating the New Year, or maybe not.
I hope, whatever you choose to do, your New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day is exactly what you wish for – see you on the other side!