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Once you have lived in a neighborhood for a few months, you quickly realize you are not the only family with kids that wish to celebrate New Years. Talk to other mothers and see what arrangements they have made or are planning to make for the evening. Perhaps a sleepover trade may be in order. You take on their children for New Years, and they reciprocate by taking them for that other December extravaganza: the office Christmas Party. If your kids have a friend (or two or...) over, they do tend to occupy themselves better than when left on their own. Or, promise to trade off next year (and hope you are still living in the same place).