New Year’s Eve is not what it used to be, but is that a bad thing? This year I have a plan, and I want to share it with you. One thing that a lot of parents struggle with is the decision to let their kids stay up until the ball drops. Do what works for YOUR family but let me share what works for ours. We do a family night with tons of fun and food and then do the countdown early and send them off to bed so my husband and I can try to make it to midnight…sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t!
Here is our plan! You can print it out here.
Play: We are going to play games like memories memory, hide and seek, and we might have time for Go Fish too!
Make: We are going to make a family time capsule – it’s very simple. Everyone gets a piece of paper and writes their favorite memory of 2015, and we add a family photo. We bury it in our yard, but a simple sealed envelope hidden a drawer for a year works too. Open it next year.
Read: The day before, we will brainstorm all the titles of books we enjoyed this year and share our favorites. My son, who reads almost only chapter books, will read with us and give us a short synopsis of his favorite.
Eat: I love simple snack buffets, and after making two huge holiday dinners in a few weeks, I am done with complicated. I want something simple, and putting some of my favorite serving pieces together with fruits, and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars is perfect. Delightfully delicious and made with the goodness of 8 grams of whole grains, Quaker Chewy is the perfect hassle-free snack to provide families with the fuel they want to help keep playing and sharing the fun together. The kids are thrilled, and I can feel good about what they are snacking on during our celebration!
Happy New Year!