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New Year's Eve...

I want to share with you how we celebrated New Year's growing up. 
It was an exciting time for us...we knew we were going to be able to stay up almost all night. 

We ALWAYS had church on New Year's Eve. 
The service didn't start until 10:00 PM. 
It was wonderful to go to church so late at night 
and know there would be a party following the service. 

My father always had a beautiful sermon to preach 
and he always made sure he ended the sermon at around 11:55 
for the entire church to get down on our knees and welcome in the new year praying. 

It was so exciting to be kneeling there watching the clock, waiting to whisper, 
"Happy New Year" to my many friends.
 I don't think too many of us teenagers were praying!

My father would get up and announce at 12:00 midnight, 
"Happy New Year" 
and the entire church would sing 
a final hymn and then it was off to the party! 

When I was really little the party was held at the Rizzo's house, but as I grew older, 
the party moved to the Gambino's house. 
We would spend hours down in their basement 
playing games, eating and just having fun.

Later that afternoon our family from Mt. Kisco, NY
 would drive into the city to visit with us. 
We had so much fun with the cousins eating homemade pizza 
and all the other goodies my mom would prepare. 

New Year's Eve just doesn't have the same excitement as it did when I was younger. 
I'm finding church is different. 
  We never end the service on our knees waiting for midnight to come. 
It's just another service; home long before the strike of midnight ever comes.

I find that sad because I think where we all need to be 
is on our knees as we welcome in 2012. 
I need to be on my knees seeking God for guidance in my life. 

How about you?

How do you plan on spending New Year's Eve this year?

This year we'll be going to church together as a family.
We'll come home and I'll have some yummy snacks waiting for us
and we'll watch a movie and TRY to stay awake to see the 
ball drop from New York City.

Whatever you decide to do, I pray the coming year is a BLESSED ONE
for you and your family!

I am truly grateful for your friendship!
I love visiting with each and everyone of you
and love the friendships we have made here in blogging world.

I would love to meet you all in person one day.
But if not, I know I will see you when we all get to HEAVEN.
I'm sure there's a section just for BLOGGERS!


  1. Sounds like you are ready. I have to be honest - there is no church service tomorrow in our church. But we will have snacks - rent movies - and TRY to stay up til midnight too. Happy New Year. sandie

  2. Sounds thing you said that I feel too is; "being on our knees, praying for the new year"..I have never seen a time when that is more true!
    Me and my honey will most likely go out to dinner..maybe a movie or even better come home and cuddle up to a good video! Happy New Year! :D

  3. Your plans sound good to me! We will go to dinner and then come home and like you TRY to stay awake to pray in the New Year. Much love to you and your family Lois, and the Lord richly bless your new year! HUGS

  4. What a wonderful tradition you had growing up. We'll be attending church tomorrow evening, and then out with a group of friends. We may all turn in a little early though, as several of us will need to be at church pretty early Sunday morning too :)
    Happy New Years to you and your family!

  5. Lois,
    I don't think anything in this world is like it used to be. Kind of sad when you think about how much things have changed.

    Wishing you and yours A Very Happy New Year!

  6. That's wonderful! Our Church never did that. I would love it if they did it now. Happy New Year!

  7. That sounds like the perfect way to usher in the New Year. I wish more churches would do that! Happy New Year!

  8. Looks like this year will be completely different for our household. My darling daughter will be attending a Youth event with her friend so it will be the first year she is not home celebrating with us. The rest of us are having dinner out with the sister in law and my mother in Love. Then we will be home to watch UVA play in the bowl game against Auburn and enjoying homemade tortillas chips and potato twisters for snacks! I hope you have a wonderful New Years. I will be missing a church service this year as I have not found one close to enjoy...:(

  9. Well always send NYE in Watch Night Service so that is what I am going to do tonight. This is also the last day of our annual shut in, I went to a different one this year so I finished the fasting yesterday. It's great to see that other people in this country has Watch Night Service. I hop you enjoy your Watch Night Service, I can't celebrate NYE any other way! :)

  10. Sounds like a wonderful tradition for New Years! We spend ours with family. Happy and healthy New Year!

  11. What a nice way to share :) We'll be at home playing board games together as a family.

    A Very Blessed & Happy New Year to you and your family!

  12. Great memories Lois! We are still in church every year at mid night! Best place to be. This year Grace church dinner..Service till 11:30 and then join Pastor Kim and the Korean Church to count down the New Year and pray with several thousand! It's an amazing sight! God bless you and your family in 2012! Hugs, Carol and family

  13. Dear Lois, The New Year's Celebration has changed. I can relate very much to your post. The simplicity of the family has changed. I hope that people will begin to realize the important things in life, like good memories.
    I wish you and your family the very best for the New Year. Lots of blessings and love, Catherine xo

  14. I enjoyed this so much Lois, it used to be the same with us, and how right you are about church services being different. We need to get back to some of the old ways.
    Mr. P and I will spend a quiet evening at home reflecting and making plans not resolutions,(~grinning~) for the upcoming year. We have decided since we didn't get to watch 'Its a Wonderful life" we will do that and be on our knees as the new year rolls in.
    May your new year be filled with much continued blessings and more happiness.

  15. Hi Lois,
    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog.

    I really enjoyed this post. I grew up always going to Watch Service on New Year's eve.

    I'm planning on going to church tonight to bring in the new year!

    God bless you and your family in 2012.

  16. Wow! My New Year's Eves were a lot like yours - in church for the Watch Night Service. :-)

    Thank you for following Cranberry Morning. I'm following you back! Looking forward to getting to know you in the new year of 2012.

  17. We will be spending New Years Eve at home with family. I don't know it we will be staying up until Midnight this year. We have been pretty tired taking care of our little dog as he is recovering from his surgery. I want to wish you a blessed and Happy New Year. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you this year!

  18. I enjoyed reading your memories of the past. I agree that on our knees is the best place to be as we usher in a new year.

    So happy to have met you thru blogging. May God bless you and yours.

  19. May the worst of 2012 be from the best of 2011; Happy New Year from Thistle Cove Farm.

  20. We went to church tonight,now back home for our usual tradition of board games, caramel popcorn and watching the Twilight Zone marathon until the ball drops.

    Happy New Year, when I count my many blessings this year, our new found friendship is one of them.

  21. Lois, you're so right. We should all be on our knees tonight. We will attend church and have a celebration dinner of ham, cornbread dressing, homemade rolls, and cheesecake (and lots of other stuff). Happy New Year to you and yours!

  22. Your post sure brought back a lot of memories. Throughout my childhood, our family always went to a watch night service, too. The only difference is we never got to go to a party afterwards. It was always home, snack and bed... LoL. Then the next morning, we always watched the parade on tv.

  23. Lois...that was an awesome memory that you shared with us from your childhood. I have many similar fond memories of special times at the church I grew up in. And I love our present church that I have attended since 1979.

    I agree that we all should be on our knees to welcome in the New Year! But, I was sleeping. We are nursing our brother back to health after his quad by-pass we are all tired around here right now!

    I love the Lord...and I am so thankful that my brother came through the surgery...and then my brother accepted Him as Savior on Christmas Day! He is having a hard time recovering...but his spirit is more calm and at peace.

    Please pray that he will heal quickly. (He is starting his third week now.) He desperately needs some sleep. He hasn't been able to get much of that.

    And his leg incision is still weeping from time to time, so please pray the swelling in his legs will go down so the incision can heal.

    And lastly...he needs to be moving more. The doctors have all told him to walk...but he isn't doing enough. Just a little bit now and then.

    I love having Christian friends like you to count on. Thanks so much for praying!

    Happy New Year!

    Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  24. Your NYE memories sound quite beautiful...and peaceful and serene.
    Hope your 2012 is magical

  25. Lois, you put in words so much of my childhood memories too. My father was a pastor, too and we did the same thing....gather together as a church, sing, play games, eat...but somewhere close to midnight, we all gathered to pray. Those were meaningful times for little eyes and ears, watching, hearing what was most important and took priority in our parents' lives. Yes, we need to be faithful in prayer. One missionary returning home once said, "the church in America is big on 'worship' but small in prayer." Too true. Thanks for posting and the Lord bless you in 2012!

  26. Wow what a great way to ring in the New Year! You are so right we all should be on our knees praying as the New Year gets here.I hope you and your family are blessed do abundantly this year!!

  27. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend, Lois! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  28. Best wishes to you and your family for the new year! Love this post.

  29. Happy New Year! Your childhood services sound wonderful. I could feel the excitement in your writing! I'm wishing you a peaceful and blessed 2012!

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