On New Year's Eve, we usually have dinner with the whole family and wait for the countdown! We're not only watching it, we're part of it!
Indeed it's tradition, to eat 12 grapes when the clock strikes midnight, one for each toll and second. Whilst the new year is entering, we think about a resolution and congratulate our family members and all people we meet and know. After the “family” celebration, most of the young people go partying until the day after. Of course, after all this eating, we cannot go to sleep without having a special breakfast, “churros con chocolate caliente” (some sort of hot chocolate with greasy pastry to dip in)!
There is no proper typical food for a New Year's celebration. Our dinner is more or less like the Christmas dinner. But we certainly drink lots of wine, champagne and sparkling wine (in Spain also known as Cava). We start dining with an appatizer: pieces of lamb, spanish ham, olive oils, the famous tapas and so on, followed by a hot soup, to fight the cold of December! After that we start with the "real" food: meat (usually lamb), and many typical sweets called polvorones (a kind of heavy, soft and very crumbly spanish shortbread made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts).