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Happy new children’s year
December 27, 2010
by Jenni Sebora

Children can appreciate what New Year’s Day means - looking back on the last year and getting excited about the possibilities of the next. Just because it’s New Year’s it doesn’t mean you can’t involve the whole family. You can have a great time and save money on a babysitter, as well.

Children love to be involved, so let them. Start with decorating. They can draw pictures or make posters depicting family memories from the closing year. Or, have them draw scenes on balloons showing “Father Time,” a clock face, an hour glass running out, or simply “2011.” Confetti is always a big hit and easy to make.

Of course, the main thing for children is the count down. A fun and educational way to incorporate this is with a simple craft project of making a clock face to count down with. Just take a paper plate and draw the numerals around the plate in the proper positions, then cut out hands for the clock with construction paper and affix in the center with a brass paper fastener.

The children can add decorations to these, as well. They can use these to count down to the big moment. It may not hurt to let Eastern Time be our midnight for the sake of children who haven’t already conked out by that time.

A couple of fun recipe ideas for the celebration:

Pink Champagne Punch

1 12-ounce bottle white grape juice

1 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 16-ounce pkg. frozen whole strawberries, thawed

1 12-ounce can lemon-lime soda, chilled

8 cherries (optional)

Combine one-half of the grape juice, lemonade, and strawberries in a blender. Whirl until smooth and pour into drink container. Repeat with remaining juice, lemonade, and strawberries. Add soda and stir well. Pour into eight fancy plastic glasses. Add a cherry to the glass for garnish.

Variation: You can substitute regular grape juice for white grape juice.

Note: Add more soda if you want a less slushy drink. Use plastic champagne glasses; they look great and won’t break. (Peggy Warner – FamilyCorner.com)

Fruit Dip

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1 cup butterscotch chips

1⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon

Apple wedges

Over low heat, melt butterscotch chips in condensed milk. Remove from heat and add cinnamon. Serve warm with apple or other fruit slices for dipping. (Kids-Cooking-Activities.com).

Have a great, and safe, New Year’s Eve.