A Typical New Year’s Eve and Day


Hard to believe another year has ended and a new one is beginning.  There are certain traditions that Kathy and I follow every year so I thought I would share some of them in this post starting with New Year’s Eve.

It is years since we have gone out to dinner on New Year’s Eve.  This is because one year we had reservations for dinner.  It snowed. We went anyhow getting to the restaurant maybe 5 minutes before our reserved time.  They wee not ready for us.  We waited a good 45 minutes before we were seated.  Our table was in the middle of the room where everyone was walking around us.  The noise level from the conversations and music were so loud that we couldn’t carry on a conversation.  Because of the weather the ride home after dinner took close to a half hour even though the restaurant was only a 7 minute ride from our house.  Never again.

Now we just go to the store, pick up a couple of lobster tails, some shrimp, and some seafood salad and prepare our own meal at home – a salad with some seafood salad in the middle and shrimp around the edges, baked lobster tails (the only way to prepare them in my opinion), a baked potato, and a glass of wine.  Good food, good conversation, and no worries about the weather no matter what it is.

New Year’s Day is a day of putting things away.  When I was still working this was the day I would put Christmas presents away because I had to go back to work the next day.  We always keep our presents under the tree until January 1st.  We never used any of our gifts before the new year.  Now that I am retired we still keep to this routine.

New Year’s Day is also the day to take the old calendar off of the wall and put up the new one after filling in important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, doctor’s appointments, etc.) first.

Dinner is always the traditional pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and apple sauce on the side.

Some day these traditions might change, but for now they have served us well in the past and we continue doing them.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!


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20 responses to “A Typical New Year’s Eve and Day

  1. Dinner together at home is the best and I think we are lucky if we enjoy each other’s company. We wish you and your family a happy New Year.

  2. Terje

    You have traditions that you enjoy and this is what matters. Good company, good food, good conversation – no need to change. Wishing you and Kathy and your cats health and joy for the new year!

  3. Happy New Year, Bob! January 1 was always the day to take down the decorations in our house, too. Like you, there was school the next day. But for some reason I am procrastinating this year. The tree looks lovely on this dreary day – the lights comforting. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. Hope you have a wonderful 2019.

    • Happy Ne Year, Rose, Being retired does have its advantages. Because I am Byzantine we always kept our tree up until after Greek Christmas – January 7.

  4. Happy New Year! What a great tradition, though I would argue that lobster tails on the grill are the best. FYI, I live in the Chicago area and I have grilled in the snow. Staying home is often the best choice on NYE.

    • I am not a griller so I have never tried lobster this way. Maybe one day. Staying home does have its advantages…no need to get super dressed up…no worries about weather…no worries about other drivers….

  5. Love the traditions – We also have moved to a quiet New Years eve. I love the idea of not using gifts until the new year begins. A fresh start. Thanks for sharing this little view into you lives.

    • The older I get the more I like quiet. We did stay up to watch the ball drop, but then we went to bed at 12;05, something you can’t do if you are out partying.

  6. Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you and Kathy as well. Where will your travels take you this year???

  7. Happy New Year! I love hearing about different holiday traditions. Not using presents until New Years is unique: I would have a very hard time not opening new books. We also spend New Years at home and it’s been many, many years since I was still awake at midnight.

    • Oh, I open books, read the back, look through it, but I don’t begin reading it until after the new year. Luckily I usually have two other books, one Kindle and one hard cover, going at the time so waiting to begin a new book is possible.

  8. Happy New Year. I don’t go back to work until Monday, so I think I will leave up my decorations until the weekend. I am almost ready to put the gifts away.

  9. Your traditions — from dinner at home to a change of the wall calendar — are dear. I think it’s wonderful to know what makes you happy AND to keep doing it!

    Happy New Year to you and Kathy!

  10. It’s funny how traditions start! We’ve never really had a New Year’s Eve tradition. As a kid my grandma always came over to take care of us while my parents went out, and then my dad and his brother would try to beat each other to the phone – every year trying to be the one who called the other. I can’t even remember the last time I stayed awake until midnight! Like you I feel like the weather is always a factor, and the noise and crowds don’t make for a fun night.

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