I prepared some of our favorite appetizers, and we pulled them out to enjoy while we watched rented movies, and late into the evening while we waited to ring in the new year. This year, we enjoyed Sausage Rolls, Queso Dip (you know, that awesome Velveeta recipe?) and some fresh fruit and veggies.
Also, sparkling white grape juice is a must. In glasses to clink. At the last minute, I was wishing that I had purchased some inexpensive glasses that were a little classier than our every-day glasses. But... nobody seemed to mind.
We watched the count-down on TV, and then, a more recent tradition:
Last year, we heard (where? I don't remember) about the tradition of opening the front door to let the old year out, and welcome the new year in. And so, with everyone gathered in the living room, I did just that. Last year, and this year. I'm so glad we remembered! I don't mind telling you that there's something a little bit emotional about the process. The freezing cold air sweeps in, and in my head, I visualize it swirling around in our living room This year, I held the door open extra long. There was a lot to let out -- and so much more I wanted to let in.
Let this be a year of welcoming all God has for us.
Please God, help us be gracious recipients!
Everything you give us is so much more than we deserve.