Mumbles … Lucky

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As we approach the end of the year, I look back on some of my memorable New Years Eve celebrations.  I know a lot of years Mom and Dad would have friends over and we would play cards and the house was full of laughter.  One year we visited family in Omaha and went to a bar my uncle liked, to see a band called Cry Baby (I will never forget that as they handed out tear drop stickers at the door).

As my family grew, my husband and I carried on the gaming tradition with my daughter.  We played Monopoly or cards and snacked on food until the ball dropped in Time Square.  And we always had sparkling cider so the whole family could toast the New Year.

One of the traditions I still carry out is something my grandma always used to tell me.  She would eat oysters on crackers every New Years to bring good luck.  I also carry out a tradition that started when my daughter was a little older, we began opening a fortune cookie after midnight to see how lucky the New Year would be for us.

Now a lot of my family is gone, it is just my daughter and my sister and her family.  My daughter has her own friends to celebrate with.  My sister and her boyfriend usually go out and I just never cared to be out on the roads with all the drunk drivers that night.  So New Year’s Eve is pretty quiet for me.  My boyfriend works a 7am on New Years Day so it will probably be me and Words with Friends for the night… a drink of sparkling cider and some oysters, watching the ball drop in an empty Times Square.  May you all have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!

What are some of your favorite ways to ring in the New Year?


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lucky

Day 89 – 100 Days of Happiness

Hard to believe today is only 2 weeks until Christmas.  Growing up we would start to decorate after Thanksgiving.  We had a big 7 or 8 ft artificial tree that would take us days to decorate.  The lights and ornaments were easy… it was the individual placement of the tinsel one strand at a time draped on one side of the branch all the way around to the other side.  I recall as kids me and my sister would get bored with decorating and Dad would end up doing a majority of it.  I am still not sure how Mom got out of doing much decorating.

Later on when I got married there was a new tradition to follow.  Since my then husband had his birthday on the 11th it was always his family’s way of making his birthday special by putting the tree up and decorating it that day.  We followed that for many years.  Now it is whenever my boyfriend has the day off.  Last year it was hard to get a time to get everyone together.  This year we have the tree up and lights on only waiting on the decorating until my daughter can get here to help.

Once the tree gets up I get a lot more into the spirit.  I now have Christmas music playing while I write this and the lights on the tree flash.  I have decided what to do with my Christmas card and hope to have most of them out by the end of the week.  I like the put letters or at least short notes in most of them.  Nothing better than getting a little good news in a letter instead of another bill showing up in the mail.

So tonight I sit in the wonder of the Christmas spirit… I love this time of year.  Not real wild about the crowds shopping, but the pretty decorations, the giving, the family together, the kids joy… it really is a magical time of year.  Do you have your tree up yet and does it take long to decorate it?