Slacker New Year’s Eve

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Years ago we started a new tradition. Slacker New Year’s Eve. No more loud, crowded events. No more babysitting nightmares. And no more driving back home in the early morning hours on icy roads. What a relief.

Instead we stay home with the kids. We put lots of goodies on the table, including snacks that are rarely seen in our fussy-about-nutrition household. We get out amusements like board games and videos, build a fire in the fireplace, and basically slouch around together. It’s fantastic. After all the holiday rush it feels downright indulgent.

A key element of Slacker New Year’s Eve is the no-bedtime promise. On this one night we’ve always told our kids they can stay up all night if they want. For years our kids have tucked us in bed not long after midnight, then done their best to stay up until dawn. A few times they’ve made it. Then they sleep in at least till noon. That tends to result in a nice quiet New Year’s Day morning for mom and dad.

Tonight I’m looking forward to warm jammies, chilled champagne, and hanging out with the people I love. This isn’t about renouncing anything. Slacker New Year’s Eve lets the old year slide out without a fuss and celebrates the upcoming year without effort. Ahhh. 

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8 thoughts on “Slacker New Year’s Eve

  1. What a fun idea! I’d love to do that here but unfortunately we have already committed to a longstanding get-together. Fortunately, it is family friendly and all kids are welcome. Maybe the slacker new year will be in the works for us next year.

    Happy New Year!

  2. We, too, are doing the slacker thing. DH has to work all night, since it is month-end/year-end, but the kids and I are settling in with finger food, videos, and games. And maybe a neighbor or two.

    Easy, relaxing… Just the thing to end the year.

  3. Sounds divine! We are doing similar with sitting around, watching movies and snacking. All those crowded parties are overrated anyway 😉

  4. Hi geekmoms is my first comment here but I’ve been reading you for a while, I am also planing on doing the slacker night I have a 2 year old and it will be so much fun just to take off somewhere tomorrow morning when no one is out XD

    by the way have you seen the experiment on the sesame street youtube channel? it teached my daughter two new words float and science 🙂

  5. Love this type of new years eve-this is all we’ve done for the past few years. For me, it’s not new years eve if I’m not in my jammies with my family. No LBD parties here!

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