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Merry Christmas my friend! With the holidays in full swing and everyone engulfed in the over-commercialization of everything this time of year, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters: our families.

It’s probably true that time with your hubby has been sacrificed in the holiday rush, too. Between shopping, wrapping, baking, and the never-ending Christmas parties, there isn’t much time left to spend with the man you love the most.

At our house, we like to keep our New Years Eve low-key and reflect on the past year together (and the fact that we made it through another stressful Christmas season!).

Here’s a list of our favorite ways to celebrate New Years’ Eve and I want to share it with you.

Dinner + a Movie

Who says you can’t have dinner and a movie at home? That’s my favorite way to do it! Hit up Netflix to see their new movie lineup or find a Redbox near you and pick our your favorite. Combine that with a home-made pizza kit and your pjs and you’ve got yourself a great night together!

Potluck Party

Invite a few of your friends over for a potluck party. Have each of them bring their favorite dish – whether a main course, appetizer, or beverage – and count down to the new year together. As a bonus, you can binge-watch your favorite season of Girls on HBO or host a Cribbage tournament to liven things up.

Predict the Future

Order in Chinese food and crack open that cookie to see what your future holds. Then set it aside and hone-in on what your future could really look like. Think about what your new year’s resolutions might be and plan out where you want to be this time next year. Make a to-do list and get to work (right after you finish your wine).

Celebrate the Past

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the best memories the two of you have made together. Take a trip down memory lane by reminiscing at some of your favorite places. Favorite restaurant? Stop in and split a dessert together. Was your first date at a coffee shop? Take a trip there and grab a drink. Special memories at the park nearby? Go for a stroll and enjoy the time making new memories together.

Video Games

Now hold on – stay with me here! I know you think games are for kids (or men who never grew up) but there are plenty of great games out there to help you celebrate your New Years’ Eve. How about the Wii? Or Xbox Kinect? There’s bowling, tennis, mountain climbing, and dance party games you can enjoy together or with friends.

If you have kids, your night might look a little different from this one – but you can make that work, too. Ask them to join in on the fun!

What are your favorite ways to celebrate the new year?

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