In a junior high school class, students were asked to make a short presentation about what their families do for the New Year holiday. Teachers were also asked to do this. When I made the presentation I realized that my family has a very mixed Japanese and American New Year. We eat osechi of course, but we also eat American holiday foods like mashed potatoes and stuffing. We stay up for midnight, but we do countdown for the last 10 seconds, yell "Happy New Year" and give each other a hug. Also, we don't go to a temple for hatsumode, we go to New Year service at a church. Having a celebration that respects both cultures in a family keeps us happy. How does your family celebrate the New Year holiday?