I’ve celebrated it in every kind of way over the years. Big restaurant parties, big bashes at my home, smaller get-togethers when we all try to stay up until midnight. I remember stepping over Son2 who was sprawled on the hallway rug, out like a light, during one of our big party nights when he was determined to stay up…that was at 9 pm! Oh, I secretly envied that kid who got his regular night’s sleep after all.
One of my favorite ways to usher in a new year was a tradition we had when the boys were quite small. We’d go to the beach with a couple of other families, dragging our Christmas trees with us. There, as the sun went down, we’d share food and sand toys and then burn the old trees in a fire ring, ending by toasting marshmallows. It was a great few years (especially because we got home early and didn’t even try to stay up) but then we had a couple of rainy New Year’s in a row and we moved onto other ways of celebrating.
I’ve written two books that use New Year’s Eve as a starting point. One was NOT ANOTHER NEW YEAR’S that came out a few years ago. Now I have a new book coming out January 4, THEN HE KISSED ME, and the plot begins on New Year’s night. Stevie Baci (middle of the Baci sisters) has her own limousine service in the California wine country. And she’s been contracted to drive around a newly engaged couple…her ex-boyfriend and the woman he took up with right after their break-up. For the sake of pride she couldn’t refuse–right? And Stevie finds another man in the back of her limo, a beautiful man named Jack who just happens to rub her the wrong way (or is that the very right way?)
I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift certificate to a lucky commenter! Tell me about a memorable New Year’s Eve or a New Year’s tradition you enjoy.