Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year or Ein Glückliches Neues Jahr 2010

Happy New Year all around the world!

Since the kids are too young to stay up until midnight, a few years ago we began celebrating the New Year somewhere else in the world so they wouldn't miss out on a countdown and a celebration. When we were living in Japan we chose Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island) as our first (and only) countdown which is located in the Pacific Ocean and is the first place in the world to welcome the New Year.

This year, we began our countdown and visited countries all over the world. For every country we visited, we would look it up in the atlas and learn how to say "Happy New Year" in that language.

On New Year's Eve, We had a small Wii Tournament with the kids and then Cameron and I watched a movie.

At midnight, we knew the church bells would ring, but we were not expecting the amazing amount of fireworks that were set off for about an hour afterward! It was fabulous!

The next morning our last two New Year celebration's were in Hawaii (Hau’oli Makahiki Hou), and then an hour later in Alofi (Bonne Année)and Pago Pago (Ia manuia le Tausaga Fou).

We decided since the last New Year we would celebrate would occur in the Pacific, we would make a breakfast worthy of the islands! We made coconut pancakes with pineapple maple syrup. They were incredibly easy but if you'd like to know how I will include the recipe(s) on the side bar. We served it all with fresh pineapple rings (I got a pineapple cutter from Taylor for Christmas)and Kona coffee.

What a great way to start the year!


Melissa Fisher said...

Molly--I sneak onto your site occasionally...what an adventure! I love your pictures and those pancakes look SO yummy. Mike (Drago) and I were drooling over the Christmas market pictures :)

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