Let’s Ring in the New Year with Music!

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What is your favorite way to ring in the new year? Do you plan to party at home or are you going out to party at a friends house or maybe a club? Whatever option you choose I do wish to say, be careful and don’t drink and drive! Okay, now that that is out of the way, I was recently thinking about what all of the New Year’s Eve celebrations that I have experienced in my life and what they have all had in common. These celebrations were almost always celebrated with my favorite people (at least my favorite people at that time in my life) and MUSIC! I don’t think I have ever celebrated a New Year’s eve without having music involved in the party. From my first New Year’s memories as a child where we played music and sang like crazy to my young adult parties with loud music and dancing to my more grown-up dance parties with tasteful music in the background (loud enough to hear, yet quiet enough that we can hear one another talk), music has always been a big part of the celebration and it is one of my most favorite parts of the holiday!

Are you thinking of laying low and hanging out at home this year? Will it be a family affair? If you have plans to be home with your kids this New Year’s Eve, you have so many options of how to have a great time, but what do you say we take it back to our childhoods this New Year’s Eve? Let’s hang out with our kids and play music long into the night. Until our cheeks hurt from smiling, until our kids have exhausted all of their energy playing with mom and dad and we all enter the New Year knowing that the moments before the New Year began we were spending time with those that the ones we love the most.

Look at these fun musical instruments that we have at Sassafrass that will be a blast for you and your kids to play together:

bright stripe tom tom drum - what’s more fun than keeping beat on a tom tom? kids will love hitting this little drum with the batons or with their hands while leading their imaginary marching band.

bright stripe tambourine - our tambourine lets kids keep beat to the music both with a beat rhythm as well as through the mini cymbals.

bee bells - bee bells are all the buzz! shake these and make music fun!

bright stripe clacker - clickity-clack goes the clacker to a child’s favorite tune! they’ll love keeping time with the music, and won’t realize that they’re learning all about rhythm at the same time!

bright stripe maracas - kids can shake along with the music using two hands! or share with a friend!

stripe kazoo - budding musicians can hone their musical skills early with these kid-sized musical instruments. each instrument is sure to not only help develop a sense of musical timing, but is great fun as well!

stripe shaker cymbal - budding musicians can hone their musical skills early with these kid-sized musical instruments. each instrument is sure to not only help develop a sense of musical timing, but is great fun as well!

western tambourine - our tambourine lets kids keep beat to the music both with a beat rhythm as well as through the mini cymbals.

ladybug, fish and frog castanets - click and clack a ladybug, fish and frog castanet!

I love all of these instruments because they are good for kids who are just beginning with music, but even more, advanced musical students can have fun playing with them as well! They are great for all ranges and the adults can get in there and play too! You better believe I will be beating on that tom tom drum!

We spend so much of our time as parents trying to avoid the noise that comes along with kids. You know it’s true. We all get tired of the loud interactive toys, the musical instruments, the singing machines, the constant talking and chattering and asking questions, believe me, I get it. I have three kids from 2-14 and the noises never stop. But you know what, eventually they will. Eventually, your child will be grown up and moved out of the house and you will long for the days that you can listen to the noises of childhood once again. Why not take advantage of this special occasion and let the noise into your life for just a little bit? I promise you this will be a New Year’s Eve that you won’t forget, but most importantly, it will be a New Year’s Eve that your children will never forget.

So, let’s break out the musical instruments, play whatever music is in our hearts and have a rocking good time!