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Article posted: 12/29/2012 5:15 AM

Planning a kid-friendly New Year's Eve

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A New Year's cake baked and decorated by Laura Jofre's daughter.

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How do you make a New Year's party that the whole family can enjoy? For years, I barely acknowledged New Year's Eve to my three kids so they wouldn't know they were missing anything. I either went to some flashy grown-up event or skipped it and went to bed. In the morning, I explained about the date change. Last year, though, our family attended a party at a friend's, and it was genuinely heartwarming. I began to think it was worth making an effort to mark the holiday, together, at home.
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