Families are welcome to join Darien librarians in the Children’s Library for a fun countdown to “noon” as we get ready for the new year!
Kids and New Year’s celebrations have been celebrated for a long time. We’ve added a small, online exhibition here of early 20th century postcards
Decorate a craft and have a snack as we celebrate together. Say farewell to 2019 and hello to 2020!
No registration required.
Suggested for children ages 3 and up.
— an announcement from Darien Library
The Maritime Aquarium is also offering a Noon Year’s Eve celebration. You can combine that with a visit to the fishes and an IMAX movie.
A holiday now more associated with drinking at late-night parties isn’t especially child-friendly, so “First Night” celebrations and family “Noon Year’s Eve” parties for younger children have been held in recent years.
But, as these postcards show, the holiday has been associated with children in the past, at least on postcards.
A look through postcards from the first quarter of the 20th century, now for sale on eBay.com, show some interesting patterns:
— More girls than boys are pictured. When boys are shown, they’re often shown paired with a girl, sometimes with a midnight kiss.
— Clocks, naturally, are a theme, but so are shamrocks and money (apparently reflecting wishes for a prosperous new year).