We had our German meal, while German music streamed through my computer. The internet is so cool. We listened to German rock, a German "soft hits" station and a German childrens station. It was pretty neat. Usually finding music is the hardest part of pulling this together and now it is easy. We always have a little Jeopardy quiz type game with some facts that I find about how a country celebrates. The kids are geeks--they all love this! Then we threw confetti and read our remembrances of the past year. After all of that, the little kids danced on bubble wrap to German music and it sounded amazingly like fireworks. In 34 minutes it is actually midnight in Germany and they love the fact that they can honestly say Happy New Year for the country we celebrated.
Happy New Year all! I wish for all of us, opportunities and memories, hugs and smiles, sunrises and birdsong and joys to carry in our hearts to give us strength when times are hard. Blessed be!