Disclosure: This post was written as part of my membership on the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
Whatever plans we had for the new year, they are likely on hold. Our family decided to end the already depressing 2016 year with a nasty stomach bug!
For the first time, both my husband and I went down for the count around the same time – and I was left wondering what do parents do when this happens? Only one of the three kids became sick (and I am pretty sure I got sick tending to him as my husband was the first of us out of commission). My husband and I, not wanting to infect the little boys, were juggling how to provide germ-free care for the little ones while rotating heavy nap schedules for ourselves. We are recovering slowly, but I am pretty sure we will not want to be hitting up the town New Years Eve with the kids. I mean, the latest I have stayed awake this week is 7:30 PM!
Hosting a Low-Key New Years Eve at Home
Some of my favorite New Years Eve memories were ones from early childhood spent with my grandmother. My Nana, a fairly prim and proper lady, would let us make trays of snacks and eat them in bed (gasp!) as we stayed up until midnight (double gasp!) and watched the ball drop.
Each year we might have had a festive blower or a party hat, but New Years Eve as kids was simple. This year, I am bringing that simplicity back to my family.
What to Watch
So Netflix is every parent’s best friend on New Years Eve. They know that I can barely stay awake until midnight and that if my kids stay awake, I will pay for it for days. So, they created countdowns with my kids’ favorite characters so that we can trick them into thinking it is the new year whatever time we want to – say 7:30 PM perhaps?
The boys are choosing to watch the Skylanders Academy New Years Eve Countdown this year…
Though we might have to watch two – because there is one with my favorite show, Fuller House, this year!
Before the countdown, we are going to watch Part 1 of Trollhunters, the new Dreamworks/Netflix collaboration which will be a full 13 hours of epic adventure which follows a teen who finds an amulet – and sets off to save two worlds.
What to Eat
Here’s a fact about me you might not know: I am not a big sweets person, but I LOVE rock candy. As in, I love rock candy so much that when my husband is out and about at the farmers market or orchards, he will bring me back a stick of rock candy as a surprise.
Imagine my total excitement when I saw that Netflix worked with Pam Lowe of Allrecipes to create a Hard Rock Candy recipe! 48 servings of rock candy means that I will share with the kids – a perfectly shiny and special snack for New Years Eve.
How will you and your family ring in 2017 this year? Will you be having a Netflix New Years Eve?