I have some ideas to help you ring in 2013 right!
1) If you are celebrating with some young ones you might want to have a game night. Bust out the board games and snacks. You can play the night away until the clock strikes twelve…trade your champagne for a milk and cookies toast OR get some sparking grape juice.
2)Host a midnight dinner. After the clock has struck twelve invite your guests to partake in a light dinner followed by some tasty desserts.
3) Create noise makers. The traditional noise makes for New Year’s Eve can be fun, but why not step it up and create your own? You can encourage guests to use everything from pots and pans to beans in a cup. Whatever you use, be sure to decorate it with some shiny paper and streamers.
4) Try a tradition from another part of the world. In Spain people eat 12 grapes at midnight to secure 12 happy months that year. In the Netherlands they burn bonfires of Christmas trees. The fire symbolizes out with the old and in with the new. Also, in Greece the bake St.Basil cakes and inside the cake is a silver or gold coin. Whoever finds the coin in their slice of cake will be very lucky the next year.
5) Follow some old superstitions and customs. One old custom is called first footing. The custom is that the fist person to enter your home in the new year. Ideally, he should be tall, dark-haired, and good looking. The first footer should bring a loaf of bread, some greenery, a piece of coal, and a pinch of salt. In Germany, an old custom is to drop molten lead into cold water to tell the future from the shape it makes.
Whatever you decide to do on New Year’s Eve make sure you have fun and spend it with the people you care about most!