New Year’s Eve is a great time to introduce traditions with your children. Before I had children, my husband (and longtime boyfriend) and I started the tradition of staying in on this celebratory evening. We decided to cook a multi-course seafood extravaganza paired with spirits and fine champagne.
Once we had children, staying in seemed a natural fit. And so the tradition began. When the babies were babies, we’d put them to rest for the eve and indulge in our courses. But once our firstborn turned 3, we let him partake in the first few courses. We also expanded our menu and made the jump from lobster tails to full lobsters – something we thought he’d get a kick out of helping with. Admittedly we had mixed feelings upon purchase when we witnessed our son’s emotional attachment to the live crustaceans, but we were able to talk him through the process. Still, he loved the taste once it was plated.
It’s a great time to introduce your children to special recipes or favorite, indulgent foods. It’s also the perfect time to talk about favorites of the year past and reflect on how much your little ones have grown and accomplished.
What traditions do you partake with your children on New Year’s Eve or Day?
—Sarah Jo Sautter, Blog Editor and Publisher