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Make a Little Noise

In many European countries, such as Austria, people make a LOT of noise on New Year’s Eve in order to frighten away the evil spirits who are believed to try to take advantage of the last night of the year to make mischief.

At midnight, car horns blow, church bells ring, and all other manner of noise is made to ensure a safe end to one year and the launching of a new one.

Far be it from me to encourage your children to go crazy and get loud (especially if you life in an apartment building or a townhouse) but if it works for you and your family – and if you’ve got whistles, rattles, horns, bells, pots and pans, or anything else to clang) – consider letting loose for a few minutes when the clock strikes twelve.

If there’s any chance making a mini noise disturbance will bring you a better, happier, and luckier 2011, isn’t it worth the ear pain and potential complaints? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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The New Year’s Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit – or good appetite – is the traditional way the French encourage each other to enjoy their meal.

On New Year’s, this expression has an added significance as families in France gather at the table to share a celebratory meal to welcome the new year.

You can mimic this idea not with a fancy French menu for your children (unless they like that sort of thing) but by soliciting their input in putting together a menu for a feast for the family.

They may also enjoy making suggestions for the guest list. There’s no reason not to include the people who mean the most to you on the final night of the year.

In my house, my son’s guest list would be extensive but his menu would be straight off the plate of a college kid: spicy chicken wings, pizza, popcorn, and maybe some carrots if I beg him to include a vegetable.

If your child is like mine, don’t worry about incorporating ALL their suggestions – just serve one or two special dishes that make them feel part of the planning.

Besides, the best part of celebrating the new year is being with the people you love most in the world. So it doesn’t matter if you make your toast at midnight with champagne or 9 o’clock with cranberry juice, either way you’re sure to have a memorable New Year’s celebration.

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