The first New Year's Eve that I remember is when I was about 4 or 5. My brother, Rick, woke me up and told me it was New Year's. I didn't know what he was talking about or why he woke me up. I went back to sleep. He was 12 or 13 and was babysitting. I think he wanted someone to celebrate with and wish a Happy New Year.
When I was about 11, Dad had to work so Moma, Don and I walked over to the movie theater and saw Brigadoon. On the way home, some guys beeped their horn and gave a wolf whistle. Moma wondered if it was meant for her or me. Don said, "It must have been for Karol; they must have seen your old face." We had a big laugh over that.
When I go older, I went to parties at our neighbors and we played games and welcomed in the New Year. We did that for many years. Another neighbor would ring her sleigh bells - real sleigh bells. Gun shots and fireworks would go off. We would watch the ball drop and do the count down and Guy Lombardo would play "Alde Lang Zyne" There was someone else before Dick Clark but I don't remember who it was. Champagne would be served.
One New Year's Eve, Ted and I spent with our friends, Al and Ruthie. We played Michigan Rummy and stayed the night. Mostly we watched a movie and went to bed. I would hear the fireworks at midnight.
When we attended the Vineland Nazarene Church, they had a New Year's Eve Party for the year 2000. It was really cool. We watched on the big screen New Year's happening all over the world - Australia, Paris, London, and finally the ball drop in NYC. Balloons were in a big new above the hall and came floating down at midnight.
New Year's Eve. 2007, I laid awake most of the night crying because I knew Ted wasn't going to make it. He had a bad report and was getting weaker and weaker. Ted passed in February.
A more recent New Year's Eve was spent with Don and his friend, Evelyn. We went to Sam's Club. I don't recall if my cousin, Scott was singing that night or not. We had a fun time with party hats and noise makers, dinner, dancing and champagne after watching the ball drop on the TV. We did the mummer's strut and few times before calling it a night.
Since then, it's been movies in my jammies and going to bed. Last night, I fell asleep watching a movie.
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