Ringing in the new year

Readers tell us how they do it

This month we asked readers about their family resolutions and how they ring in the new year right. Here’s what you had to say:

This year, we’re posting what you might call a "family creed." Here it is, in part:

The Krizanovics don’t lie, steal, cheat, call people names or be mean. We don’t make fun of people who are physically challenged. We greet people with a smile and a handshake. We say "please" and "thank you." We respect others’ belongings. We are grateful for our health and blessings. We compliment, support and stick up for each other. We strive to give back to the world. We’re proud to be good people. We’re proud of who we are. George and Kelly Krizanovic, parents of Hayley, 8, Cole, 6, and Avery, 2, Antioch

My husband, our 4½-year-old daughter and I make our own party hats and confetti and serve sparkling apple or grape juice. We pick a place on the globe that is several hours ahead in time and celebrate the planet entering a new year that way. We work on resolutions as a group so that we have a "buddy system" to gently remind us when we have slipped, or to cheer one another on if we’re doing a good job. Maria Crawford, mom of Grace, 4½, Elgin

New Year’s Eve with kids is much more fun at home. The kids (try to) stay up until midnight. We prepare our favorite hors d’oeuvres and play board games. Sometimes the grandmas stay the night.

When the kids go to bed, I think about how lucky I am to have such a fabulous family—it keeps getting better each year. Kim Johnson, mom of Alex, 10, and Greg, 6, Woodridge

Several years ago, I began to bond with my grandchildren (five so far) by having each spend a day or two with me. Our culminating activity is New Year’s Eve (also the birthday of my second grandson). The children arrive at noon. We attend a holiday celebration at a local college or community center and have a pizza birthday celebration in the evening. We then try to remain awake to ring in the New Year. So far we have all been asleep at midnight. On New Year’s Day, the entire family is together. It is a really inspiring way to end—and begin—the year. Jewel T. Sims, grandmother of Wendolyn, 10, Ashley, 12, Brandon, 14, Whitney, 15,  and Dominique, 9, Chicago

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