Katie's family doesn't have any New Years traditions at all, so when I joined the family, I made up our own tradition. Everyone gets a soda, junk food and a movie. We have a movie marathon, while eating and drinking. That way, we can make it all the way to midnight.
Last year, Katie picked 2001: A Space Odyssey as her movie, and that was a cinematic filibuster which put both Katie and Mary to sleep. The movie is mostly music and scenery, without dialogue. I made the executive decision to turn it off, after the five minute scene of an astronaut going around the outside of a ship to check a circuit. It's five full minutes of a guy breathing! You could never get away with that in a modern film.
This year, the movies we picked were Space Jam, Brave and Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Mary really wanted to sleep, but she wanted to see the end of Homeward Bound more.
At midnight, Mary was excited to see the ball drop. But she was disappointed to see that they didn't actually drop anything. All they do is lower a ball on a stick, on some random building in New York. Myself, I was disappointed when they replaced "Auld Lang Syne", the traditional New Year's song, with "New York, New York". I was all ready to make a reference to Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy, too!