Memory Lane Monday
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Here’s my Memory Lane Monday post this week:
Warm or cool (not freezing cold) weather was not out-of-the-norm for my memories of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Growing up in Long Beach, CA was fun for me as a child because the weather was never, to my remembrance, a cause of interference for many holiday activities. As a child, I simply went to bed and awoke on New Year's day to receive one present from Jack Frost and to have fun watching the Rose Parade from Pasadena, CA. Playing with my best friend, Nancy, was next on my agenda.
When I became a teen, I loved going to New Year's dances and especially remember the year I made a georgeous dress out of blue velvet.
When I married and had young children, we often spent New Year's Eve at my parent's home. If my husband and I went out for the evening, our children would bang pots and spoons together at midnight--an improvised noise-maker that my mother decided was a good idea. My oldest daughter loved this, and we still carry on this tradition today.
Now that we live in Mesa, we usually get together with our second daughter's family and our next door neighbors and their children for finger foods and fun and games earlier in the evening. This year, due to illness, my husband and I had a quiet night together by the fire, watching a movie and enjoying each other's company.
New Year's day we used to get together as a family for a Chicken Wellington dinner with blueberry salad, brown rice and broccoli until we had a grandchild born on January 2. Now we love celebrating his birthday if his parents have a party. At home, we thaw a small amount of chili I freeze at Halloween just for New Year's day. I have a world champion recipe I use, so chili and crackers on New Year's day is a real treat. So that's about it for my New Year's memories.
I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season, and I hope 2011 will bring you much joy.