Since we are on the Pacific Coast we get to celebrate two New Year countdowns. At 10 seconds to 9PM PST, the children party like its really midnight. Sometimes we watch the apple drop in New York, this year they just ran outside and shouted as loud as they could (which was pretty loud for this crew). Quickly after, the party (for them) is over. It's PJ time and they are all tucked in for the night and the adults continue the party, it works well for everyone, especially the next day when they've had a good night's rest.
Happy 2012 to you whenever you live.
If you live on the East Coast and heard some extra shouts, that was us. Thank you so much for celebrating New Years with a reasonable bedtime.