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New Year's Day...Past and Present

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Growing up, my parents usually celebrated New Year's Eve at home as did most everyone in our neighborhood. There would be one neighbor who may host a small party, but usually the adults just went and visited one another to share a drink. Certainly, nobody drove anywhere. In hindsight, they appeared to gain a modulated gradual buzz through out the evening.

My mom would put on the Dick Clark thing, but that had too much variety to hold our interest as we kids had distinct musical preferences and there was too many musical acts that we didn't relate to. Though she never said so, I think that this was her favorite holiday.

In the morning, we would get up early, though my dad slept late (go figure). My mom would fix a lovely breakfast for her and my brother and I. She would then settle in to watch the Rose Parade, she loved it so. I would join her, Tommy didn't, dad slept on. She and I would enjoy her special coffee. No, it wasn't spiked, it was just stouter than usual. We had some good quality time together.

The old man would arise raring to go for an afternoon and evening of football. He always enjoyed the college game much more than the NFL. He and I would have some of our best relating on this day. Tommy couldn't care less so he was in his room being Tommy.

We lived in So. Cal. so the first game began at ten our time, but out of respect for my mom, the TV was not switched to a game until after the parade was over. Once the Rose Parade was over, we were in for a special treat. My mom would provide all kind of munchies... finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, crackers, chips, dips, cheeses, olives, pickles, cold cuts...hog heaven. As an extra special treat, for the only time during the year, you were allowed to eat in the living room! That was quality time for me.

In the early sixties, a neighbor blessed his family with an ultra cool Christmas present, a color TV! For New Years day, all of the neighbors were invited to come watch the Rose Bowl featuring Wisconsin against USC, in color! It was a classic game and we loved it. But the technology was still a bit lacking. On his color TV the Wisconsin uniforms appears to be purple and white. It was years before I discovered that they were red and white!

That era is a favorite memory as it was so special. Now, if I go out on New Year's Eve, it is a drunk fest. The next morning, intoxicated corpses line the floor and nobody does shit New Year's day...what a bring down. That's why I largely blow the whole scene off. I munch and watch football with the dogs

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RJ53

Jan 1 @ 6:32PM  
For us New Year's Eve was spent at my aunt and uncle's house where my uncle proceeded to get drunk by 9pm. Then he became a loud obnoxious drunk. We usually left right after midnight leaving my poor aunt to get him to settle down and go to bed usually on the sofa.

New Year's Day was spent with the entire family of over 40 people at my grandparent's house. My mother would have me in my best dress and I was told to act like a little lady and no misbehaving. Of course that meant I was going to slip out to the barn to ride the horses dress and all. My grandfather always said his favorite picture was of me jumping a ditch on a horse in my Christmas dress. My mother was not amused. So then she would grab me by the arm and make me sit with the adults for the rest of our visit. It was early to bed because we had school the next day.

The process repeated itself until I was old enough that I moved to New York and usually had a gig on New Year's Eve. But that is a whole different story.
sugarnspice005

Jan 1 @ 6:38PM  
Growing up in my parent's house, they celebrated New Year's Eve by having Aunts and Uncles over, along with the cousins. Mom and the Aunts were in the living room watching Dick Clark's New Year's Eve show...Mom always had the biggest crush on Dick Clark. My sisters, cousins and I would be playing some board game like Sorry! or Parcheesi..or, we'd be in the bedroom playing records and putting on mock concerts.

Mom would always have a snack tray of different cheeses, veggies, crackers, meats and chocolates. For us kids, we were given the choice of kool aid or soda, and the adults would be drinking beer.....and getting louder as the night wore on. And at midnight, Dad would get his pistol out and he and the Uncles would go outside and fire it off.

New Years Day.....that was recovery and clean up day. And we all pitched in.


Now, Mom and Dad spend a quiet evening with each other, watch the New Year come in and then they go to bed. My sisters and I...well, last night my middle sister and I went over to our friend's Mother's house and spent the evening there with our friend and her son and one of his friends, our friend's sister, and of course, Mom. My friend's Dad had passed away back in '08, and it was kind of a somber night. I love my friend like another sister, and, I love her parents also. I always used to say I have two sets of parents...my birth parents and my friends parents. But yes, last night was spent remembering years past with her Dad. We miss him, but, we also had fun. All in all, a nice night. Got home a little late and was tired as all hell today at work..but, still had a nice night.
RevDocLove

Jan 1 @ 7:54PM  
I went to bed at 10pm NY's Eve..
Gotup and came home at 8AM
redbronze

Jan 1 @ 9:01PM  
I spent the evening with my daughter and Mom a three way call that ment none of us spent the New Year alone physically yea each of us were in our own space but we laughed and talked and loved one another till after the stroke of midnight it was beautiful.. It was technology induced but if not for this we each would have been alone with our animals and the TV instead we grew a new bond of love... Smile, Here is to a fab New Year.. Love it.. Oh and today slept most of it away having stayed up till 4 or so AM...
History had New Years with another heavy dinner the third in the winter series that I just cannot do anymore.. So I had French toast this morning and this evening a small amount of Chicken Mole' it is quiet in the house my youngest got home a while ago tired from her outing with friends and is taking a nap while they have a beer or two this crowd doesn't drink much for being in their early 20's. I love it as I do not have to worry about my daughter with them. I love laid back anytime so this is fitting in with my life as it usually is..
Sunshinegal35

Jan 1 @ 11:51PM  
As a kid my family and I never did anything special for New Year's, other than mom fixing a traditional meal on New Year's Day, of which the main entree was pork.
Now, my son and I have a New Year's Eve tradition; we list up appetizery-like food we want to eat. Day of I get it and then around dinner time we cook and then eat together, usually in front of ESPN or some college bowl game. Neither one of us can ever stay up until midnight to really ring in the new year, but I love our little tradition and hope that my son establishes a little "tradition" like this when he has a family!
KitKat25

Jan 2 @ 8:48PM  
My family played board games and snacked on yummy food after getting back from the movies. We always caught a just released movie on New Year's Eve day. It was always a very fun and laid back day.
Sunshine79

Jan 3 @ 4:16PM  
Sounds very much how we spend our New Years Day!
theSkwirl

Jan 4 @ 3:43PM  
I had to think about it.. but yanno, there's no funny or even remotely interesting new years stories in my book. Not a one. Well ok the one time when my g/f and I got really wasted and got picked up by the cops on our walk home.. no ticket but just a ride.. so really nothing fun.

I only really remember staying up a few times. I guess I had more important things to do.

Only thing I really remember is New Years day with the parade on if we were at gran's house.. or just at home it was scrabble and black eyed peas n ham.

Gotta have your black eyed peas and ham and not bathe new years day.. wash all the luck off.

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New Year's Day...Past and Present