7 Suggestions to Greet the New Year at Home!
Did you start thinking about what to do in the 3-days of restriction for New Year's? We hope you will have more joy with our 7 activity suggestions during these 3 days at home, and we wish you a good year in advance!
We're not alone. We as the whole world will be entering 2021, which is a year we are waiting with hopes, at our homes for the same reasons. You can make sure it will come true if you wish a happy new year in 15 different languages... You can even turn this into a game and read the wish in any language from the list below and ask those who are with you to guess which language you are speaking…. We had so much fun in Japanese!
- French - Bonne Année
- Spanish - ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
- Welsh - Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
- Italian - Buon anno
- German - Frohes Neues Jahr
- Dutch - Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
- Icelandic - Gleðilegt nýtt ár
- Japanese - Akemashite omedetou
- Chinese (Mandarin) - Xin Nian Kuai Le - (sheen nian kwai luh)
- Czech - Sťastný nový rok
- Danish - Godt nytår
- Finnish - Hyvää uutta vuotta
- Norwegian - Godt nytt år
- Polish - Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
- Portuguese - Feliz Ano Novo
- Russian - S novym godom
Wishes wishes... Same in every language and in every heart... But what about the melodies? Here we have a list of classic songs with the most beautiful wishes for the New Year. Turned the volume up to maximum? Then dance!
- Auld Lang Syne, The New Year's Anthem - Mariah Carey
- Bringing in a Brand New Year - Charles Brown
- Let's Start the New Year Off Right - Bing Cosby
- What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - Rod Steward feat. Ella Fitzgerald & Chris Botti
- New Year's Day - Taylor Swift
- 1999 - Prince
- New Year's Day - Bon Jovi
- Funky New Year - The Eagles
- Happy New Year - ABBA
- This Will Be Our Year –The Zombies
- New Year's Day - U2
Let's go on with nostalgia! How many of you remember Benny Hill Show? Best episodes are here! Have fun!
So, how about watching a movie with popcorn and with a New Year theme of course, or a tv show? A quite different world will be waiting for you if you type one of our suggestions below in the search section of Netflix...
- Phantom Thread
- About Time
- About a Boy
- Four Christmases
- The Polar Express
- A Very Murray Christmas
- Let It Snow!
- Over Christmas
- Operation Christmas Drop
- The Knight Before Christmas
If you say movies and tv shows are not my styles or if you have already watched most of them; just check up on our list with different categories and podcasts. Here is our entertainment guaranteed list from music to art, from cinema to leisure.
- Year 2000 Fix
- The Sporkful
- Fun Time Horror Show
- The Pepper & Dylan Show
- The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show
- Outrageous Fun Podcast
If you haven't yet written a list of your expectations for the New Year, what you will and will not do within the New Year... Here comes the first expectation from us: "Health"
And finally a classic for New Year's Day: Gingerbread Man!
- 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
- 2/3 cup (200g) unsulphured molasses
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 and 1/2 cups (437g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- optional: easy cookie icing or royal icing
In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and molasses and beat on medium-high speed until combined and creamy-looking. Next, beat in egg and vanilla on high speed for 2 full minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves together until combined. At low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick and slightly sticky. Divide dough in half and place each onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap each up tightly and pat down to create a disc shape. Chill discs for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. Remove 1 disc of chilled cookie dough from the refrigerator. Generously flour a work surface, as well as your hands and the rolling pin. Roll out disc until 1/4-inch thick. Tips for rolling– the dough may crack and be crumbly as you roll. What’s helpful is picking it up and rotating it as you go. The first few rolls are always the hardest since the dough is so stiff, but re-rolling the scraps is much easier. Cut into shapes. Place shapes 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Re-roll dough scraps until all the dough is shaped. Repeat with the remaining disc of dough.
Bake cookies for about 9-10 minutes. If your cookie cutters are smaller than 4 inches, bake for about 8 minutes. If your cookie cutters are larger than 4 inches, bake for about 11 minutes. Keep in mind that the longer the cookies bake, the harder and crunchier they’ll be. For soft gingerbread cookies, follow the suggested bake times above.
Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once completely cool, decorate as desired. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.