North Dakota Families Share New Year’s Traditions


Although New Year’s is a celebration of the year ahead, it’s also a very nostalgic holiday, filled with reflection and traditions. 

As the world took turns ringing in 2019, we spent time on the town with North Dakota families and asked, how they welcome in another 12 months, year-after-year.

Compared to New Year’s celebrations around the world, Bismarck, North Dakota is pretty quiet. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t celebrating their own way at home.

When everyone was out and about on New Years Eve, KX News took to a local brewery to see how North Dakotans spend New Years Day.

Bismarck resident Kirby Kruger says, “Maybe sleep in a little bit, have a late breakfast, start thinking about, ‘what are the things I should be doing to improve myself in 2019’, and so there are lots of things I can do.”

Kirby says he loves to take walks with his wife and two kids also, but in North Dakota, it just depends on the weather.

Kruger adds, “It’s another day off, and it’s another time just to sit and relax a little bit, and reflect.”

Maddie Bopp is a transplant from Oakes, North Dakota. She says you could find her and her friends at this same brewery six years ago.

She shares, “Even moving away from my family, I still make time to spend time with my friends, whether it’s coming and grabbing a beer at Laughing Sun or just spending quality time with them.”

Jesse McCarren celebrates New Years Eve ‘Australian style’.

The Bismarck resident emphasizes, “Australian style, yup: in bed by 8 o’clock.”

He even has a traditional drink. 

McCarren explains, “Tom and Jerry is hot water, brandy and the Tom and Jerry mix, which my grandma used to make. It was the best.”

Other patrons say they like to stay in, cozy up and watch movies. But whatever your traditions may be, it’s a holiday the whole world gets to celebrate in unison.

There are even New Year’s Eve food traditions. Certain foods are considered to be good luck for the New Year.

In the southern US, black-eyed peas and collard greens represent wealth, and pork symbolizes prosperity.

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