First party for toddlers

The new year is near, and although I have seen this a fair number of times, Saturday night will mark the first New Year’s Eve party for my niece Stormi, 4, and nephew Aaron, 5. My mother and I are throwing the party Saturday night.

The idea first struck me while trying to think of Christmas gifts for their parents. I decided, what most parents of tots really want is a few hours of rest. So now we have two little ones to entertain. And I started the way I always start when preparing for something new — with a book.

Children’s books can help explain the holiday to youngsters. A wonderfully helpful librarian pointed me toward three: “Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas” by Bail Piernas-Davenport, illustrated by Marion Eldridge; “We Celebrate New Year” by Bobbie Kalman; and “The Night Before New Year’s” by Natasha Wing.

Next I needed some videos they had not watched before. I came up with “Where the Wild Things Are,” an older animated version of the classic Maurice Sendak story, and a Mickey Mouse version of the “The Three Musketeers.”

Food we covered with the classic kid favorites of spaghetti and meatballs with a little sparkling juice to add a little bit of fun. Anticipating they won’t make it to midnight, we will celebrate our new year around 9 p.m. Whenever and however you celebrate, we at the Herald Democrat wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Happy birthday Friday to Gary Sewell, twin Becky Sloan, Robert Ford Carter, Opal Nichols, Samantha Wilson, Waymon Wilson, Katie Williams, Mark D. Martin, and Jack Henderson, all of Denison; twin David Franklin of Tennessee; Billie Jean Rush, Rex Thomas, Carla Anderson, and Alexis Blanton, all of Sherman; James Clyde Cooper, and Susan Mitchell both of Pottsboro; John Nelson Holt of Ralston, Okla.; Richard Franklin of Dallas; Lois Ann Sellers of Sadler; Nelda Sanders of Dixie; Kathan Shannon of Arlington; Lillian Scruggs of Lewisville.

Happy anniversary Friday to Charles and Roylene Winchester of Whitesboro, 57 years; Bill and Betty Roberts of Sherman, 50 years; Jerry and Pam Green of Sherman, 45 years; Ricky and Carolyn Gaddis of Sherman, 22 years.

Happy birthday Saturday to Carol Duke, Valerie Freels, Susan Kullin, and Cody Palmore, all of Denison; Joannah Cowart, Ray Vaughn, Charles Kennedy Broome, Celia Schuster, Gary Myers, and Ja’Zmyn Fuller, all of Sherman; Matt Braddock and Susan LaFollett of Van Alstyne; Morgan Walker of Tom Bean; John Anderson Minter of San Antonio; Erica Harper Brown of Frisco; Jennifer Chancellor of Whitesboro; Polly Hughes of Collinsville.