We hardly ever stay up till midnight because we know our sons will be up early the next morning anyway, but we like to celebrate in style no matter how early it is.
This year we stayed home, had communion together as a family (I found this so meaningful), had an appetizer dinner with sparkling juice, brownies, a board game, and then we went outside to shoot off some crackers (poppers that spit out confetti streamers). In bed before the new year and happier for it.
Paleo artichoke-spinach dip, a salami and cheese tray, German pickles, and our friend and Seattle neighbor Yetta's delectable curried deviled eggs (I used 9 eggs, mixed enough mayo with the yolks to moisten, and then added 2 teaspoons each of Dijon mustard and white-wine vinegar, plus 1/2 teaspoon curry powder). We said Happy Birthday to 2017 with a special birthday plate from my college friend, Holly. I do not have a photo of the brownies, but they were made with coconut flour and were outrageously delicious, moist, and dense. (The recipe is here on the Elana's Pantry website.) A happy, joyful 2017 to you all! May your days be filled with goodness, good food, and light.