Happy New Year’s Eve!

I have to admit that New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday of them all. Christmas is right up there, what with all of its traditions, parties, presents and food, and I like all the other holidays as well (except maybe Groundhog’s Day. I mean, weather predicted by a rodent? I’m over it, Phil. Sorry.). But if I had to pick the one I love the most, it would have to be ushering in the New Year.

I think I’m such a fan because it’s the last hurrah of the whole season. We’ve made it through the triathlon of Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas and now we can relax. There are no more toys to buy or wrap, no pressure to mail those cards, and no “What’s next?” on my holiday to-do list.

More than that, it’s the end and the beginning all within a few hours. I enjoy reflecting on all that’s happened in the old year and contemplating all that could be in the tabula rasa of the new year.

Part of our tradition is to watch our family’s annual wrap-up slideshow. Each year after Christmas, my husband S sits down with iPhoto and sifts through the thousands of photos we’ve snapped and videos we’ve shot. He compiles them into a montage of the year — and it’s amazing to see how much the kids have grown and how many things have happened that I’ve completely forgotten.

S includes the big events, of course — the vacations, events, family gatherings, etc. — but what I think is particularly masterful is that he also incorporates those funny little snapshots of the every day. These pics are my favorite of the whole show.

It’s not easy to make the cut into S’s final version, but I think I’ve finally cracked at least part of his criteria:

1.  Be adorable. Cuteness is the balm that smooths over all the bickering. Kids know it; parents try to harden themselves to it, but I find we’re pretty much all helpless in the face of true adorableness. So cute photos make the cut easily.

C and E waving to the boaters on the Chicago River

C and E waving to the boaters on the Chicago River

Blurry pic of Lou just a few days after we adopted him

Blurry pic of Lou just a few days after we adopted him

2.  Be funny. Although cute photos tug at my heartstrings, funny ones lighten my soul. To me, laughter is the helium of our family — filling us up and lifting us over the daily tensions. These moments, captured by the quick-thinking S, crack me up.

M's grammar lesson to C and E on the importance of punctuation.

M’s grammar lesson to C and E on the importance of punctuation.

Pic of our edible Mayan Temple to celebrate Festivus.

Our edible brownie-and-gingerbread Mayan Temple to celebrate Festivus.

3.  Be silly. We have tons of silly photos, particularly since we let the kids use our camera or take pictures with their own. Between you and me, I treasure these the most. I tend to get bogged down with the day-to-day schedule and worries; lucky for me, my kids and my husband show me the grace of being silly all the time.

King of the World

King of the World

Extreme close-up of E

Extreme close-up!

Off to see how the final version is coming along. I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful and joyous New Year. See you in 2013!

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Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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12 Responses to Happy New Year’s Eve!

  1. amyp22 says:

    Happy New Year! Glad to see we are not the only family working on apostrophes.

  2. Cul de Sac says:

    Happy new year!!! hope it will bring joy and happiness to you all!!!

  3. alenaslife says:

    Great tradition. Happy New Year to you and yours Joan.

  4. Happy New Year Joan! May 2013 be full of laughter, love, and happiness! :-)
    Kenley

  5. That is a very cool tradition your husband created! Love the photo of the kids waving!!

    • The slideshow is such a fun thing. It reminds me of my dad getting out the slides and slide projector for a show.

      One of my philosophies of life that I’m trying to pass on to my kids: if you are on a boat, it is your job to wave to people on the shore or on other boats. You can’t be grumpy or snobby — you’re on a BOAT for cryin out loud! :)

  6. Wish you a very Happy New Year 2013 :-)

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