New Year’s Eve: Before Becoming A Parent And After

New Year’s Eve – a night when everyone gets drunk, kisses each other, wears stupid hats and pays a ridiculous amount of money to hang around the general public. I hated New Year’s Eve before I was a parent. As someone who’s spent most of her adult life as a bartender – I pride myself on recognizing the nights where you want to be nowhere near a bar. New Year’s Eve is for amateurs.

Well, that’s what I used to think. Now? Not so much.

New Year’s Eve is a day when everyone expects you to want to celebrate. In my family – this means automatic, built in babysitters. New Year’s Eve is now my favorite holiday.

Holidays like this one used to just kind of come and go before I had kids. Now, I finally understand wanting to be a part of the celebration. Before we had kids, we could hit the town at a moment’s notice. Every, damn night was potentially New Year’s Eve – if we wanted it to be. Now, we have to plan ahead a little. That’s the beauty of a holiday that everyone else is celebrating, too; it’s already kind of  planned for you.

Tonight, we won’t have to explain not coming home until an ungodly hour. My mother, who’ll be watching the kids, will expect it. Imagine sauntering in from a date with your partner at 3 am – and dealing with an in-law. How well do you think that would go over?

Tonight, we’ll be expected to be drunk, happy and late. Hallelujah!

I know a lot of people joke about slowing down when you have kids. It’s true – you have to. But there won’t be any snuggling on the couch and barely making it to see the ball drop for us. For the first time in a long time, I’m embracing this damn holiday, and any other holiday where the general public condones debauchery. I’m thinking of embracing Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, the Superbowl – what am I missing?

Let’s do this.

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  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    This sounds like fun. If I wasn’t so damn lazy I might be inclined to join you on this, but….nahhhhhhhh. Not getting off the couch for it. Sorry, Maria!

  • Katie L.

    I hope to someday be at that place but it’s snuggling on the couch for me right now. Enjoy your grown up fun!

  • Snarktopus

    Huzzah! Indeed.

  • Shelly Lloyd

    My circle of friends have a 6 year tradition of celebrating New Years together. We started this a when a friend’s husband walked out on her and their children right before the holidays. So it was sort of a group “lets get together and cheer her up” party. It’s pretty tame as far as parties go. We all bring the kids and they run around outside all night (we live in Fl so it’s usually not very cold). We will have a fire pit going and smores for all. Everyone brings food and drinks. And we spend the night cooking, eating and talking. Sometimes there is even dancing. If anyone ever over indulges they are welcome to stay the night. Or there are a few like me who will drink mostly coke and will be a designated driver.

  • Shelly Lloyd

    If you are looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, Liam Fitzpatrick ( )is suppose to be one of the best places to celebrate. I know a lot of my friends go there. I usually pass on the all night St. Patrick’s fun, but who knows maybe I’ll go this year. But every one I know raves about that place.

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