I don't know about you, but my kiddos are still a little on the young side to be staying up to watch the ball drop in Times Square. And if I'm truly honest with myself, I don't want to try it. My kids are not the best sleepers. No matter what time they go to bed at night, they're up the same time every morning....and that's usually about 5:30 am. 7 am is sleeping in...and that happens very rarely. SO, staying up to watch the ball drop would result in very cranky children for a day or two. But that doesn't mean that we can't still have fun!
When my oldest was about 3 years old I started to have an early celebration with the kids. I searched YouTube for the ball drop from the year before, made fun snacks, popped open the sparkling apple juice, and we settled in front of the laptop to ring in the new year! Now that my oldest is more aware of what year it is, she realizes that the ball drop we're watching is from last year. But, with a promise to record the ball drop and watch it the next morning, she is still content with our New Years Eve traditions...and in bed by 8!
What does your family do to ring in the new year?