Chris's dad arrived first, shortly after X-mas. My parents drove down from NY 2 days later. This way, they were guaranteed to spend almost 1 full day acquainted before Ron had to catch his flight back to Kansas City. So we kind of celebrated the meeting itself, X-mas and New Year all at once over a nice dinner of cole slaw, fried catfish, collard greens, cheesy grits, and blackeyed peas (yeah, I decided to go with a totally Southern theme this time).
Then for New Year's eve I was so tired of cooking, that I decided not to make anything special. Instead, we bought different cheeses and fruits and good chocolate. After putting Mark to sleep, we all sat by the fireplace and celebrated the New Year... at about 9pm. This year instead of resolutions, I decided to concentrate on building a few good habits such as reading to Mark before he goes to sleep at night. So far, my habit-building attempt is going in fits and starts, but that's because we are actually in Florida now. But when we get back home, I'll get back to the good habits in earnest.