Happy New Year!

  
To us celebrating holidays as a family is very important.  Our New,Years Eve tradition consists of attending one of the local First Night celebrations.  For us, it provides a festive family focused way to celebrate far away from the typical liquor focus.  

Since Froggy has been around we have done a "kid-version" and celebrated the "ball drop" at 9pm.  (Many of festivals do this)

This year however, both she and I made it all the way until midnight.  We attended First Night Alexandria which is a bigger one than we have done before.  It is also very different in that it did not have that "street festival" flavor.  Everything was indoors, which can be a real plus.  I would have loved to be inside during some of our past First Nights.
 
Froggy won a free book just for telling a joke. They had lots more for the kids to do long into the night and lots more quality family music.  
 
 We did swing dancing or at least tried.  There were some children who seemed to really know what they were doing.  
Both Froggy and Abba got face paintings.  Froggy's was more traditional while Abba opted for morbid.

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