With 2018 passed and 2019 in full swing, plenty of people have their ways of celebrating the new year. Some people celebrate by throwing elaborate parties, or just by staying home with their family members and having a small gathering.
The students of NHHS discussed what traditions they participate in during New Year’s, and junior Bernabe Ribera replied, “My family would all come together and when the clock would hit 12, we would hug each other and drink sparkling grape juice.”
“On New Year's Day, we watch ‘the Twilight Zone.’ All--day--long. Non-stop, we watch it into January 2nd. Even though my siblings don't all live at home anymore, they continue this tradition in their own homes. It is awesome,” answered senior Kamryn Poe.
“I like to enjoy a nice, quiet evening with my friends,” said senior Vanessa Vallejo.
“I don’t really care for the new year, and I usually end up falling asleep before midnight hits,” responded junior Austin Yochim.
Junior Lydia Otten replied, “We go to church and then we usually stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop.”
Next the students were questioned about what their favorite memories of these traditions were, and junior Demetri Pataky answered with, “There was one party that I went to that some of my family members set up, and it was the most fun I’ve had with family.”
“When I was younger, my mom would make macaroni and cheese before it was midnight. We would celebrate and eat the macaroni after the New Year hit,” said senior Alexander Trentmann.
Senior Diana Ribera replied, “I would have to say my favorite memory would be from this year. My family and I had to repeat yelling out ‘Happy New Year!’ because my little cousin missed saying it since she wasn't ready like we all were.”
Senior Callie Weatherly responded with, “During the 2016-2017 New Year’s, my nephew took his first steps. The 2016 year was terrible for me, so this was such a happy and exciting way to end the year. He was 6 or 7 months old and hadn't even tried crawling, but he had previously been able to stand up if he was holding on to someone or a piece of furniture. That night he was holding onto the couch, and out of nowhere, he let go and took a few steps toward the coffee table with food on it. It was just a few steps, and he fell on his butt after, but it's the little things that make a moment.”
Now that 2018 has passed and the new year of 2019 is here, students and NHHS staff are back to finish the second semester. Happy New Year to all of New Haven!