We rang in 2011 about 12 hours early at our first annual Noon Year's Eve party today. Lunch was on the table, the sun was shining outside, and everyone was wide awake as we gathered in the kitchen with homemade hats and sparkly noise makers and watched the clock on the oven change from 11:59 to 12:00. Over a delicious meal of macaroni & cheese, lit'l smokies and sparkling grape juice, we waved goodbye to 2010 and looked forward to an exciting 2011.
We've tried to prepare the kids for the undecking of the halls that will come with the advent of the new year. When we told Abby that we would have to take the tree down because Christmas is over, she actually burst into tears on the spot (which is a completely appropriate response to Christmas being over, in my opinion).
So today I reminded them that Christmas is over, and it's going to be January now, which means it's almost Caleb's birthday.
"It's Caleb's birthday in January?" Abby pondered aloud. I nodded. She thought for a second, then asked, "Can I help take the tree down now?"
I guess she's over it.