Been through more than a few new year celebrations. Some worth remembering, some not, and some I can’t remember. But my fondest New Year’s Eve memories go back to when the kids were young and for our celebration the whole family would camp out in the living room.

In the Christmas tree’s glow we would roll out the sleeping bags on the living room rug. Jan would make popcorn and bring out the last of the Christmas cookies for our snack. When they were little they would nestle in with us while we read out loud. We might have been reading Dumas’ The Three Musketeers or The Man In The Iron Mask or maybe one of the innumerable Harry Potters. In later years we would play scrabble or upwords. We rarely made it until the ball dropped.

Instead, the ball would drop to all of us fast asleep, ringing in the new year in sweet dreams.


23 Comments on “celebrating”

  1. Bodhirose says:

    Sounds like a lovely time with the kids…very snuggley and fun! Those memories with children seem to be the best don’t they…

  2. Lori Lipsky says:

    Games. I love games. What a nice way to spend New Years Eve. In the last five years, we’ve given up staying up till midnight, though I did read until 11:48 this year. I love your thought of the ball dropping to us as we’re asleep!

  3. Shannon says:

    Those are some of my favorite memories too!

  4. Wonderful and precious memories that will never fade.
    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

  5. Happy 2013 to you and your family!

  6. great memories.
    And yes, kids do continue with great family traditions.

    I love camping out in living rooms.

    Happy New Year again.

    May all your days be camp outs!

  7. That is a sweet memory Bill. I wonder…will you kids continue that tradition? Do your kids have kids? I really should pay more attention. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  8. mindfuldiary says:

    What a creative and fun way to spend New Year Eve! Happy 2013!

  9. Clanmother says:

    Sounds wonderful!! I still like to hear someone read to me..

  10. Precious memories!! Happy and blessed New Year Bill , Jan and girls! 🙂

  11. Parul says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours

  12. boomiebol says:

    Nice way to spend New Year’s Eve. Happy new year

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