There's a symmetry I like in our family holiday celebration. We end and begin each year together as family.
Our boys and their families come home to celebrate over New Year's. 6 kids, 3 dogs, 5 adults. 1 bathroom. It's chaos. I'm not going to lie.
And I love every minute of it.
Morning begins with cuddles for Grandma. We'll have coffee and hot chocolate and talk before the other grown-ups come down. I'll find out about school and listen to silly conversations. I'll find out what books they like to read and what books they are reading in school (not always the same thing, as you know). Chloe and the other dogs will do their best to budge in on those morning cuddles and grab a few of their own.
We'll make plans for summer and Grandma will begin her countdown to lake time.
Saturday afternoon will find basketball and football games on TV. Card games and board games will be played. And there will be food. Lots of food.
Presents will be exchanged. Love shared.
Movies watched. Lots of conversation.
New Year's Eve we will watch the ball drop and say good-bye to 2016. And while there were good MOMENTS in the year, we'll be happy to see it go and hope to DISCOVER better things in 2017.
Happy New Year to you and yours. The adventure awaits.