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Spending New Year’s Eve with at home with your family can be a fantastic opportunity to bond, have fun together, and bring in the New Year with your loved ones. With all the possibilities for fun food, drinks, games and activities, spending New Year’s Eve at home can be a real treat.
[Edit]Planning Food and Drinks For the Night
Make a homemade meal. Considering that ordering out on New Year’s Eve often costs more (since prices are usually increased for the holiday), this is a good excuse to splurge a little and make a family meal at home. Pick out dinner food that everyone enjoys but you don’t get a chance to have very often, like steak, chili, or lobster. This family meal can turn into a New Year’s Eve tradition.
You could also consider making a meal out of appetizers. This could lead to a more casual dinner setup, and the kids will like having the ability to pick and choose different kinds of food.
Cheese fondue is another fun dinner idea for New Year’s Eve. Eating cheese fondue with bits of bread and meats will require everyone to sit and eat together. You can take turns dipping your food into the cheese and tell stories from the past year as you eat.
Make fun snacks and desserts. Consider making cookies, toffee, or other desserts that you can make together as a family and eat throughout New Year’s Eve night. You can get even more in the New Year’s spirit by making New Year’s specific desserts. Lots of cultures have New Year’s Eve desserts like Vasilopita, a Greek New Year’s Eve cake baked with a coin hidden in the dough. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the coin will have good luck for the upcoming year.
Marshmallow countdown skewers are another fun dessert idea. Each marshmallow has two or three numbers drawn on with edible ink, and you can eat the marshmallows as you count down to midnight.
A fun idea for New Year’s Eve kid friendly drinks are milk and cookie toasts. The kids can join in on the New Year’s toasts by clinking their milk glasses together and eating their cookies as they toast.
Make some holiday drinks and mocktails. Kids will love having hot cocoa, fruity soda pop, and sparkling grape juice on New Year’s Eve. You can even make other mocktails like strawberry-kiwi spritzers, cranberry sparklers, and peppermint drinks. Be sure to use plastic champagne flutes or other plastic “adult” like glasses to make the kids feel really special. Adults can make their own specialty drinks, or stick with classic champagne.
If you or family members are starting to feel tired, consider making some fun coffee drinks with and without alcohol.[Edit]Having Fun Throughout The Night
Have a family game night. Bring out board games, card games, and electronic games, and even group video games to play as you wait for the clock to strike midnight. You could make up game tournaments, or try to play all the games at least once during the night.
Have a movie night. Pop in a movie you already have at home or rent a movie that you all have been wanting to see. Watching a movie can be just one aspect of your New Year’s Eve plans, or you can turn it into a movie marathon. During this time you can eat and drink different snacks that you have prepared for the night.
You can also use this time to watch old home videos and reminisce on good times. Depending on how many home videos you have, you can make it a dinner time activity, or have them playing throughout the night.
Create a New Year’s Eve photo booth. Arrange an area of your home to be the photo booth stage. Find a wall or background that you can use as a backdrop, and decorate it with some holiday decorations or your written resolutions. You could even print out some masquerade type costume pieces, and have your very own photo props.
Play dress up. Bring out everyone’s best clothes and make everyone in the family feel like they are a part of a fancy New Year’s Eve party or ball. You could play music, dance, and everyone’s fancy outfits can make for some great photos.
Make countdown bags to open every hour. Fill small bags with different snacks and goodies to open up at every hour leading up to midnight. You can make as many bags as you want depending on how early you want to start opening the bags. Some ideas for bag fillers include:
Activity tags: watch a movie, eat ice cream, play a game, etc.
Make your own New Year’s Eve decorations. Make your own party hats with some construction paper, string and decorating supplies. You can also make your own New Year’s Eve noisemakers by putting rice, confetti, and glitter inside empty water bottles. Simply twist on the cap and shake to loudly bring in the New Year. Consider making a balloon drop for when the clock strikes midnight:
Simply blow up balloons, and create netting around an overhead fan with some tape and wrapping paper or fabric.
Place all the balloons inside the netting, and release the balloons whenever you plan to ring in the New Year.[Edit]Celebrating The New Year
Reflect on the past year and make resolutions together. Around midnight or throughout the night in general, you and your family can gather together and reminisce over where the past year has taken each of you individually, and as whole family. After, make and share resolutions for the New Year and what you hope to achieve. You can even try to make a resolution as a family and be each other’s accountability partners.
Celebrate the New Year in a different time zone. If there are younger children, it may be hard for them to stay awake all the way until midnight. Consider celebrating the New Year with a different country’s midnight. For example, depending on where you are in the world, try ringing in the New Year with New York, Paris or Greenland. That way, the kids can still celebrate the festivities, but also get to sleep at an earlier hour.
To take it a step further, you can make whatever country’s New Year you’re celebrating the theme for the night. If you want to celebrate Paris’ New Year, have crepes, fondue, quiche, wine, and cheeses.
Sing, make toasts and celebrate. When the clock strikes midnight, everyone should have their drinks prepared to toast, embrace, and wish each other a Happy New Year. After midnight, you can all sing the song, “Auld Lang Syne” which is typically associated with ringing in the New Year. This is the time to bring out the homemade noisemakers and bang on some pots and pans.
If the weather permits, go outside and light sparklers and watch fireworks as you hoop and holler celebrating the new year.[Edit]Tips
Forgo the parties you really don’t want to attend, and don’t take on too many responsibilities. Instead, leave ample time for you and your family to have fun together.
If you’re ordering in, make sure you do so early to avoid the rush of many people choosing to do the same thing!
Take care of anyone who seems bored or upset by spending the evening with the family. Teens and young adults especially can feel that they’re missing out on all the fun if they feel stuck at home. Listen to them and ask them about their past year and what they’re looking forward to – this can be a good chance for some family bonding.
Some people like to have the TV countdown on in the background with the sound turned down; this helps everyone to keep an eye on the time. A radio show is also a good choice.
There is no obligation to stay up until midnight. No doubt there will be some family members who don’t hang around all night! If you feel tired and want to nod off earlier, feel free to; it’ll be next year when you wake up and you can hold your own morning ritual to greet the New Year.
Consider setting off fireworks if its permitted within an area.[Edit]Warnings
If you spend the entire evening regretting being with the family and thinking that you ought to be doing something more exciting, then you’ll have a hard time living in the moment and appreciating its value. It’s going to be a lot easier and more fun if you accept that staying at home is just another fun way to spend New Year’s Eve. Remember all that you won’t have to put up with, things like long lines for taxis, drunken brawls, crowds acting crazy, and being slobbered all over by people who insist on kissing everyone as the New Year rings in!
Ensure responsible drinking in the household.
If you play loud music, be considerate of the neighbors. Even if it’s New Year’s Eve, some people still have babies and illnesses to contend with.[Edit]Related wikiHows
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If you’re used to going to bed early, it can be tough to stay awake until midnight on New Year’s Day. No one wants to fall asleep too early to see the ball drop. This year, keep your eyes open long enough to countdown to the New Year!
Talk to people. If you’re around friends or family for New Year’s, make conversation with them to stay awake. Keep your mind entertained by being social.
Listen to their stories.
Laugh at their jokes.
Talk to them about their interests.
Stay on your feet. Dance, walk around the house or even challenge your friends to a push up contest. Whatever you do, just make sure not to sit or lay down. You don’t want to get too comfortable or you might end up drifting off to sleep.
Do fun things. Play games with your friends and family. Play pranks on people. Take turns making New Year’s resolutions with everyone. Do anything that entertains your mind and keeps you up.
If it’s legal in your city, shooting off fireworks can be really exciting. Just be very careful around fire and supervise little kids.
Taking pictures of everyone in funny poses can make for a really great time.
Help out. If you’re at a party, you can help the cook prepare food for everyone. You can even play bartender and make cocktails for everyone. Volunteer to clean up a bit as well. Not only will helping out ingratiate you with the host, it will keep your mind focused and awake.[Edit]Fighting the Sleepiness
Use caffeine. Caffeine blocks sleep inducing neurotransmitters in your brain to keep you awake. When you start to feel yourself getting sleepy, drink a cup of coffee or something else with caffeine. Avoid caffeine in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve as it becomes less effective with overuse.
Most sodas have caffeine.
Energy drinks like Redbull and Monster have a lot of caffeine.
Some dark chocolates contain caffeine.
Change your body temperature. Vary your body temperature from hot to cold to jolt yourself into alertness. The shock will give your body and mind an instant burst of energy.
Splash some cold water on your face.
Take a quick shower. Switch the water from cold to hot and then back again to wake your body up and improve your circulation.
You can get a similar effect by chewing ice or drinking a cold beverage.
Flip on the light switch. It will be harder for you to fall asleep with all the lights on. Make your environment is as bright as possible.
You may want to move to a different room and turn the lights on there to avoid bothering other people.
Listen to music. Put on your favorite upbeat tune and let it energize your spirit. Turn up the volume as loud as you can.
Use headphones if there’s other people around
Avoid slow songs that could relax you to sleep.
Get some fresh air. If you’re with a lot of people on New Year’s Eve, the atmosphere may be very crowded. This can make the air very hot and humid which can make you very sleepy. Go outside to get some fresh oxygen to rejuvenate yourself.
Enjoy a film. Watch a really fun film to engage your senses. A good action film will wipe away your sleepiness and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Avoid films that are too long or slow. Keeping up with a long, complicated plot can leave you feeling drained.
Use peppermint oil. The smell of peppermint can wake up your senses. Rub some oil on your hands, temples and upper lip. The smell may be very strong, so you might have to keep your distance from people for a while.
Strong citrus scents can also do the trick.
Don’t use lavender, it can be too relaxing.[Edit]Preparing to Stay Awake
Eat nutritious foods throughout the day. Eat vitamin rich foods that will give you energy. You’ll need plenty of Vitamin C and B and omega-3 fatty acids to give yourself the energy to stay awake. Avoid foods with tryptophan like turkey that can make you feel tired and sluggish.
Salmon and walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and will boost your metabolism.
Oranges and other citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C.
Eggs and beans are very B vitamin rich.
Eat small meals often to keep your metabolism running. Larger meals can make you sluggish.
Get a full eight hours of sleep the night before. Make sure your body has enough sleep to operate. It will be really hard to have enough energy to stay awake on New Year’s Eve if you’re sleep deprived from the night before.
Don’t over do it. Sleeping too much can make you feel groggy.
Take a walk. Low-impact exercise can give you extra energy. Take a thirty minute walk on New Year’s Eve to get your blood pumping and help you stay awake. The sunlight you get from outside will also help your body absorb Vitamin D.
Keep it light. Heavy exercise can burn you out and make you feel tired.
Take a nap. If you’re worried you still won’t be able to make it to midnight, take a nap in the middle of the day. Set an alarm to make sure you don’t oversleep. A short nap of forty-five minutes or less will leave you feeling energized. If you go longer, it could make you more tired.
If you have time, a ninety minute nap will allow your body to get through a rem sleep cycle which can make up for some sleep you’ll be losing on New Year’s.[Edit]Tips
Always keep your mind occupied to stay awake.
Ask a friend to wake you up in advance just in case you do fall asleep.
Chew gum or put a mint in your mouth to engage your senses and wake your body up.
Get up and move around. Try not to sit or lay down because you might get too comfortable and accidentally fall asleep.[Edit]Warnings
Don’t start drinking caffeine too early, or your energy level will crash.
Try not to eat turkey, there is a chemical which will make you drowsy.
Don’t drink too much alcohol. It will make you extremely drowsy.[Edit]References↑ http://lifeasmom.com/10-fun-things-new-years-eve-kids/
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Crushing on your ex can be a painful experience, and you probably want to know if there’s a chance you’ll get back together. To figure out if your ex still likes you, watch their behavior to see how they’re acting toward you. Additionally, notice how often they communicate with you and the types of communication you have. As another option, talk to your family and friends to find out if they think your ex is still interested.
[Edit]Watching Their Behavior
Notice if your ex always seems to be around. Your ex will probably try to find reasons to be around you if they’re still interested. They might pop up at your job, hang out at your favorite places, and attend events they know you enjoy. Track how often you see your ex to figure out if they might be trying to run into you.
If you and your ex both like the same local coffee shop, they might not be there to see you. However, if your ex never had an interest in art before your breakup but shows up at every art opening, they’re probably coming in the hopes of running into you.
Look at what they’re posting on social media. If you’re still following them on social media, scroll through their recent postings to see what’s going on in their life. Notice if they seem happy or sad. Additionally, see if they appear to have moved on or might be stuck in the past.
For instance, a post like, “Really miss the good times I used to have with a certain someone” or “The last few days have been hard” might mean they’re thinking about you. On the other hand, if they’re posting pics of them with a new partner, they might be moving on.
Check if they’re liking your social media posts and pics. It’s normal for your ex to occasionally react to 1 of your posts. However, your ex might still be interested if they’re liking most of your posts or going back to like old posts. Track how often they interact with your social media account to see if they might still care about you.
For instance, it might not mean anything if your ex likes a post about you getting a new car. However, they probably still like you if they like every photo you post of yourself.
If your ex likes old photos of you together, it’s very likely that they still like you.
Watch how your ex reacts when they see you. When you run into your ex, watch their reaction to see if it’s positive, neutral, or negative. Look at their facial expressions and their body language to help you figure out how they feel.
For instance, let’s say your ex smiles really big and comes over to say, “Hi! How’s it going?” This might be a sign they still like you.
If they give you a slight wave and say, “Oh, hey,” they might feel neutral toward you. In this case, they might just want to be friends.
On the other hand, they might have moved on if they frown, move away, or fold their arms in front of their body.
Notice if your ex touches you a lot. When you like someone, it’s really hard to resist casually touching them. In fact, this is a common way to flirt! Consider if your ex touches you on your arm, shoulder, back, or legs. This could be a sign that they like you.
You might also notice that your ex goes in for a hug whenever you run into each other or after you have a conversation. This might mean they like you.
See if they’re willing to do you a favor. Your ex might be willing to help you out with something if they’re still into you. Tell them about a problem that you’re having and see if they volunteer to help. Alternatively, ask them to help you with something you know they’re good at doing. If they say yes, they might still like you.
For example, ask them to help you with a homework assignment or ask them to help you host a party for a mutual friend.
If your ex is super friendly and helpful, they might do you the favor even if they don’t like you.
Pay attention if they’re hanging onto some of your things. Normally, you give each other back your personal belongings after a break up. If your ex keeps some of your stuff, it might be a sign they still like you. Check to see if you got all of your things back from them.
For instance, your ex might keep 1 of your shirts so they can smell your scent. Similarly, they might keep an old DVD of a movie you watched together a lot.
If the item is valuable, your ex might just be trying to keep it for its value. As an example, don’t let them keep your mp3 player.
Find out if they’ve gone on any dates or hooked up with someone. Check your ex’s social media accounts to see if they’re posting about a new relationship or if they’ve posted photos with a new partner. Additionally, check with your mutual friends to find out if there’s someone new in their life. If they’re dating someone else, they’re probably focused on the future and their new relationship.
In some cases, your ex might post photos of themself with someone else to make you jealous. However, they’ve likely moved on if they’re in another relationship.[Edit]Examining Your Communications
Track how often your ex reaches out to talk or text. Your ex will probably find reasons to contact you if they’re still interested. Check how often they call, text, or talk to you in person. Similarly, consider if they start the conversation back up after it has ended. This might be a sign they like you.
For example, your ex might text you to ask questions they probably know the answer to. They might ask, “Do we have an assignment due tomorrow?” “Do you know if Candy’s party is still on Saturday?” or “I hope it’s okay that we’re both going to mini golf tomorrow.”
Notice if your ex brings up nostalgic moments in your relationship. If they start telling happy stories about your relationship, it means they’re thinking about good times. This is a sign that they might still like you. Listen when your ex starts talking about old times to see if they’re focusing on the good parts of your relationship.
They might say, “Remember that time we had a candlelight picnic under the stars. That was such a good night,” or “I still remember how much we laughed at the improv theater. We had such good times together.”
See if they check on you when you’re going through hard times. When you’re feeling upset, it’s natural for a person who cares about you to make sure you’re okay. Notice if your ex always seems to be there for you when you need someone. Additionally, consider if they’re willing to listen to you talk about your problems.
As an example, let’s say you post on social media that your relative is in the hospital. Your ex might immediately text, “Are you okay?”
Keep in mind that this might not mean they like you in a romantic way. They might check up on you because they still care about you as a friend.
Notice if they come to you for advice. Typically, you go to someone you trust when you need advice. Consider how often your ex relies on you for advice about their problems. If your ex consistently comes to you, this means they probably still feel close to you. It might even mean they still like you.
For example, they might tell you about problems they’re having at work or school. Then, they might ask what you think they should do.
Pay attention if they start talking about their past mistakes. Bringing up their mistakes means that they’re thinking about what they could have done differently. This may mean they’re trying to figure out how to fix your relationship. Listen closely if they start talking about what they did wrong, what they could’ve done differently, or how they’ve changed.
They might say, “I realize now that I should’ve listened more,” “I really regret talking to that other girl. I’ll never make that mistake again,” or “Since we broke up, I’ve really changed. You made me a better person.”[Edit]Asking Your Support System
Ask your friends if they think your ex is still into you. Your friends have a different perspective on your relationship with your ex. They’re likely able to see things that you don’t notice. Talk to them to find out how they think your ex feels. Get several opinions to help you figure out if your ex might still like you.
You might ask, “What did you think about my relationship with my ex?” “Do you think we might get back together?” “Do you think they’ve moved on?” and “Could they still like me?”
Find out if your ex still talks to your family. While there are several reasons your ex might stay connected with your family, this can be a sign that they haven’t totally moved on. Ask your family members if they’re still in communication with your ex. If they are, ask them if your ex still talks about you, which is a sign they still like you.
It’s normal for your ex to stay close with your family if you share kids together. They may be talking to your family because it’s important for the kids.
If your ex had a friendship with a family member prior to your relationship, they’ll probably stay friends with that person after the breakup. Don’t count these types of relationships when trying to figure out if they still like you.
Talk to mutual friends to find out how often your ex talks about you. If your ex still likes you, they’re probably looking for reasons to talk about you. This means their friends will probably have heard them talking about you. Check with the mutual friends you share with them to find out what your ex is saying.
Ask, “Does Alex still talk about me?”
If you don’t have any mutual friends, you might try reaching out to their friend group. If you’re nervous, get one of your friends to ask one of your ex’s friends.[Edit]Signs Your Ex Still Likes You and Help Talking About Getting Back Together
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Be really careful if you have children with your ex. Children sometimes hope that their parents will get back together, and the last thing that you want to do is to get their hopes up and disappoint them again. Be very discreet until you know you’re back together for sure.[Edit]Warnings
Avoid having post-breakup make-out sessions or sex with your ex unless you’re sure that both of you want to get back together. Don’t let your ex take advantage of your heartbreak and just use you for the physical connection.
Don’t be too quick to jump back into the relationship. Sometimes, you idealize the things you no longer have. Don’t forget why you broke up. If you’re only going to jump back into the same problems, then steer clear of your ex.[Edit]Related wikiHows
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