We've let the kids in on a little secret this year - they've never actually stayed up until midnight on New Year's Eve. We've always lied and told them it was midnight when it was actually anywhere between 8:00 and 9:30. A few years ago there was a party at an outdoor hockey rink that we went to and we left at 9:00 and told the kids it turned midnight when we were in the car. We did the countdown and everything and the kids rolled down their windows and yelled "Happy New Year" at the top of their lungs to anyone who would listen. They were in bed by 10:00.
But this year they are wise to the whole plot so they are watching the clock. I think they're bored and tired and probably want to go to bed (I want to go to bed) but we are determined to see 2009 come in. We'll all be in bed by 12:07.
Happy New Year!