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For New Year’s the world seems a little smaller, together we all celebrate a new beginning.
Everyone celebrates a little differently, so this year we want to teach the kids about countries from around the world and how they usher in the New Year.
Get out a map and every hour leading up to midnight, talk about one country where it’s already turned midnight, do something they do to celebrate and even watch their celebrations online.
Here are a few ideas for you to share with the family:
- CHILE (of course we have to pick this one because that’s where our mama is from!): Eat grapes! Chileans eat 12 grapes at midnight for good luck, one for every month of the year. When midnight strikes, the party begins! A huge dinner, dancing, and fireworks with family and friends.
- RUSSIA: Make a wish. At midnight Russians write a wish for the New Year on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it in their drink and drink it. We might not be drinking ours but we are definitely making a wish and burning it. The kids are going to love this one.
- JAPAN: Ring bells & write a postcard. Buddhist temples all over Japan ring their bells 108 times to rid their sins from the past year and ward off worldly desires in the upcoming year. People also send out postcards that will be delivered to their family and friends on New Year’s day with well wishes. Celebrate with Japan by writing postcards to your loved ones and run through the house or yard ringing bells.
- NORWAY: Masks, singing & candy. In Norway, kids wear masks to disguise themselves and go door to door singing Christmas songs where neighbors give them candy. This year, we’ll make masks with the kids and have candy for them when they run around the front to ring the doorbell and sing us a song. Norway also has a huge fireworks display that we’ll watch online.
- ITALY: Out with the old and in with the new. At midnight, some Italians throw things like furniture and appliances out the window to symbolize letting go of the past and getting a fresh start. They eat pork at dinner to symbolize richness in the New Year and also have a firework and dancing celebration. I am going to let the kids pick something old (and small ;)) and throw it out the window. I’m sure dad is going to love that cleanup on New Years day!
What are your special celebrations on New Year’s Eve?
We hope you have a happy and safe New Year!