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Last year I was up around midnight to feed a newborn, but I had been asleep before that. Usually around 10 PM on New Year's Eve I fall asleep on the couch while watching the festivities, wake up to mumble "g'night" to my husband and stumble off to bed. I give the following reasons for this party-pooping attitude:

1. Early rising children 2. Sometimes I work on New Year's Day (the news never stops) 3. For years I have woken up verrryyy early for the morning reporter or producer shift, and my body is trained now 4. I don't feel any different at midnight 5. The beginning of the year 2000, Y2K, was a big disappointment. Just kidding, I'm glad nothing blew up.

I grew up having a big family party on New Year's Eve. We played games, watched movies and ate all the stuff we couldn't eat during the year in the hours up until midnight. My dad would make his famous grape juice-soda-ice cream punch, and we used our fancy plates and glasses. Then we would bang pots and pans at midnight. My mom would often be asleep by then, so we would make noise on the opposite side of the house from her bedroom. But she always came down and kissed my dad at midnight.

Sometimes I wondered why she would fall asleep so early. Now I know why -- see #1 and probably #4 above!


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