Our overnight guests arrived last night and were very helpful in preparing for our annual New Year’s Eve party. They brought Trystan with them. He had been staying in St. Thomas with them since Boxing Day.
Here’s a picture of Trystan and me.
We have been having a New Year’s Eve party since 1999 when we moved into our current house. We decided to start it at 6pm way back then since we, and most of the guests, had small children. It was several years before the party lasted until midnight. In fact, one year I remember waking my sister, who was asleep on the couch at 10pm, and telling her to go home. That year Michael and I cleaned up and were in bed before 11pm.
This year the guests did not begin arriving until 7:30. The youngest child is four years old and was an overnight guest at our house so could go to bed when he got tired. Everyone stayed until after midnight. I think we will start the party at 8pm next year.
We had our first fire in years. The new damper worked perfectly.
It was great spending New Year’s Eve with friends and family. We’ve been doing it so many years that everyone is comfortable with each other. We had expected a neighbourhood couple, Carolyn and Doug, whom we had not invited in the past, but unfortunately they caught the cold that is going around and had to cancel. Patti and Ivan were also too ill to join us.
Newman, Mary and Jennifer, Marjam, Amir and Mona, our neighbours, were with us as usual. My sister and her family, my father and Kevin, Victoria and their children are also regulars. My father brought his girlfriend, Doreen, for the first time. Megan’s friend Jeremy joined us for the first time and Trystan’s friend Zack and his mother, Melony joined us for the second year. My friend Gail has been a regular attendee for several years now. It was a great start to the new year.