What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Okay, I think we’re officially done with Christmas (although I still have ONE more Christmas movie I want to watch) and I’m sure some of you are thinking about New Year’s Eve.

I have a weird relationship with New Year’s Eve. When I was a kid, it was really fun. I will never forget that I had a slumber party to ring in 1998 and I got lots of metallic confetti that said “1998” on it, and my parents found that stuff in the vents for YEARS to come.

In college, it was just another excuse to party – most years I was back home in Indiana and would go to a party and see friends from high school. One year, my friend and I went up to Purdue to party, thinking SOMEONE (anyone we knew) would invite us to crash at their house… nope… so we slept in my Explorer, which was 1. probably totally unsafe, and 2. Very, very cold.

After college, I was working as a bartender, and I went out with a group of ladies and we all wanted to be different places at midnight and it was just a disaster.

It was about that time that my best friend and I decided to ditch “Amateur Night” and DECIDE to stay home on New Year’s Eve every year. We live across the country together, so while we can’t physically be together in celebration, we send each other boxes of goodies to make our nights in that much more fun.

We do this instead of exchanging Christmas gifts, and each little gift has a time to open it and often a little clue. For example, we usually start opening the gifts around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and you get one to open each hour. The gift at midnight is usually a notebook or an inspirational card for the New Year. It’s really a fun tradition!

In years passed, I’ve gotten Chinese takeout and binge-watched a TV show, completely in pajamas, lounging on the couch. Last year, I watched Emily’s entire season of “The Bachelorette” in preparation for Arie’s season (eye roll).

This year, we decided to do things a little different. We are meeting each other in London in March, so we decided to do theme boxes for each other, filled with things we might need for the trip; like travel-size items or snacks for the plane.

It was a lot of fun to shop for these items and I’m so excited to open my box on Monday evening.

I am planning to get some work done; at least work until early afternoon on New Year’s Eve before I completely turn into a sloth.

As embarrassing as this is to admit, I’ve never seen “Friends” in chronological order (I actually haven’t seen that many episodes), so I checked out the first season from the library and am planning to binge.

I have also been eyeing a nearby restaurant for awhile – they only make dumplings and fried rice, and it all looks SO delish! So, I’m treating myself to some takeout as well.

On New Year’s day, I’m planning to make some black-eyed peas for good luck! I usually do – I make some sort of salad or something that has them in it. I found a black-eyed pea soup recipe that I’m going to make this year.

What do you guys have planned??

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