I have no real memories of New Year's Day festivities at my house growing up. It was pretty much a day for taking down the Christmas tree and putting some decorations away. We never had a big meal or anything like that - we were certainly in recovery from the holidays. When we got older my mother always hosted a New Year's Day Open House. It was the perfect kind of party for her because she loved to bake cookies and do hors d'ourves, and my parents didn't drink at all so with all their friends having hangovers from the night before no one cared if they had fruit punch at my parents house. It was a big house and could easily hold nearly 70 people so it was a crowded afternoon as people came and went. I thought it was a great way to end the holidays.
I'm looking forward to this new year. And I'm already considering how I'm going to spend it. I have projects to do around the house and things I want to accomplish in my community. I want to live a healthier lifestyle and be more productive than I was in 2009. I'm hoping that we all have a happy, happy 2010. Here's to ringing in 2011 together too.