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Years ago we started a new tradition. Slacker New Year's Eve.

No more loud, crowded events. No more babysitting nightmares. And no more driving back home in the early morning hours on icy roads.

What a relief.

Instead we stay home with the kids. We put lots of goodies on the table, including snacks that are rarely seen in our fussy-about-nutrition household. We get out amusements like board games and videos, build a fire in the fireplace, and basically slouch around together. It's fantastic. After all the holiday rush it feels downright indulgent.

A key element of Slacker New Year's Eve is the no-bedtime promise. On this holiday we've always told our kids they can stay up all night if they want. For years our offspring have tucked us in bed not long after midnight, then done their best to stay up until dawn. A few times they've made it. Then they sleep in at least till noon. That tends to result in a nice quiet New Year's Day morning for mom and dad.

This New Year's Eve I'm looking forward to warm jammies, chilled champagne, and hanging out with the people I love-my family.

This isn't about renouncing anything. Slacker New Year's Eve simply lets the old year slide out and celebrates the upcoming year without a moment's stress. If the way 2012 rolls into our lives is auspicious, I prefer to let it arrive gently as padded slippers on my own floors. May it treat us all well.

Laura Grace Weldon

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Laura Grace Weldon is a writer, editor, conflict resolution educator, and marginally useful farm wench. She is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm. Check out life on the farm at and keep up with Laura's relentless optimism at

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