Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year with the Family

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Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year eve with the Family

What's a New Year's Eve party without the family? Here are some ideas to make your party special. Kids get involved, make this a fun filled New Year at home, and have everything ready and waiting when the clock strikes twelve.

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Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year eve with the Family
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Home Movies

Most of us have hours of videos, but how often do we look at them? Spend the last evening of the year watching movie with your family, with the people you love most. Depending on how many movies you want to review, you may want to have an early and a late show. During intermission, serve the favorite family meal while sharing memories of favorite past experiences. And during the show, don't forget the popcorn!

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Home Movies
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Try a Different Sort of Meal

Pizza is a fun, communal meal that everyone enjoys. You'll need a hot plate to keep the pizza warm on the table, a serving of garlic bread and coke adds to the taste. Cut the bread into bite-sized pieces, keeping a glass of coke for everyone. Keep bottles of coke in an ice box. For those who do not drink coke keep fruit juices. Cup cakes, pastries, chocolate and pieces of fruit make the perfect dish for New Year's Eve!

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Try a Different Sort of Meal
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Family Slumber Party

Prepare for this activity on New Year's Eve " that's part of the fun! Visit the video store and rent any movies that the kids want to watch. Shop for snacks (even ones that are usually forbidden). Pick up a deck of cards and break out the board games. Cook one of your family's favorite meals and eat it by candlelight in the living room. Then spend the evening watching movies and playing cards and board games. Spread pillows and sleeping bags or blankets on the floor and let the whole family camp out for the night. See how many family members are still awake at midnight!

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Family Slumber Party
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New Year's Ball at Home

Turn your family room or heated garage into a ballroom with a disco ball, curtains, and strings of lights. Gather lots of different kinds of dance music, from Big Band to current hits, so everyone can have fun dancing. Dress code can be casual or formal. Make your own disco ball out of paper and glittery paper. Fill it with candy and small prizes, and let it drop and break open at midnight.

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New Year's Ball at Home
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Make Your Bad Luck and Faults Disappear

Try a traditional New Year's activity that comes from Colombia, South America. Build a dummy representing the Ano Nuevo (the old year), using sturdy paper or cardboard. "Dress" it by drawing clothes on it or gluing on scraps of old clothing from each family member. Ask everyone to write down their faults and bad luck on a piece of paper. Exactly at midnight, tear Ano Nuevo into shreds. If you have a fire going in your fireplace, throw in the shreds and let them burn. While Ano Nuevo is being destroyed, read the list of faults and bad luck out loud, to make them vanish along with the old year.

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Make Your Bad Luck and Faults Disappear
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Make a Good Luck Cake

It's a Greek tradition to serve Vasilopita (New Year's Cake)at midnight. This special cake is baked with a coin or charm hidden inside. The head of the household cuts the cake exactly at midnight. Whoever receives the piece with the coin will have good fortune throughout the year. So spend the day baking Vasilopita with your family. At midnight, welcome in the New Year with a sweet treat and a bit of luck!

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Make a Good Luck Cake
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Sing and Raise a Toast

The whole family sings musical notes and lyrics, you can even do a sing along. Then celebrate the start of the new year with the a song. Raise a toast or better yet, purchase some fruit juices so the kids can get the full toasting experience!

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Sing and Raise a Toast
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