Celebrate New Year’s with a Falcons tailgate (Credit, Rick Limpert)

The New Year’s holiday means different things to different people, but there are a couple things we can all agree on. It’s not only the start of a brand new year, but it also means a huge day of football. Both college and pro football games have been played on New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve is famous for the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. So, let’s celebrate the meaning on New Year’s by putting on a memorable tailgate.

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Celebration of the Holidays

As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and that means it’s time to pull out all the stops with a great holiday celebration. Even the Falcons cheerleaders don Christmas outfits for the holidays and you should, too. Whether you grab a Santa hat, a full Santa suit or add some strategically placed mistletoe to your tailgate, it will get everybody in a festive mood. Don’t be afraid to break out the noise makers and champagne. The Falcons have had a great 2012. Let’s show some support and wish all the other Falcons fans a happy holidays!

Celebration of Football

To many, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day means football. There have been times in the past when over a dozen football games were played on these two days alone. The games may be spread out a little more now, but that shouldn’t affect your spread. Go traditional tailgate as the season winds down with burgers, hot dogs and various sausages. The food off the grill seems to taste better in the winter months. For beverages, get some American lager and you can’t go wrong with some Coca-Cola. For dessert, try some warm apple crisp. You will almost forget about the football with all this food.

Celebration of Winter

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It is winter after all, so why not make the most of it. Hot food with hot drinks are sure warm up your entire tailgate. Decorate with some fake snow and tinsel icicles. We don’t get that brutal winter in Atlanta that they get in Green Bay and Buffalo, but if it does get a little chilly this weekend or in the playoffs, don’t let it scare you off.

“When it gets cold out, we love cooking seafood,” tells Falcons fan Trev Mullins. “I like putting some lobster on the grill and getting some king crabs from the fish market.”

Don’t forget your own hot cider concoction.

Celebration of Atlanta

What better way to celebrate than to honor the great city we live in with an Atlanta-themed tailgate? Honor Atlanta with offering some food from The Varsity or a BBQ joint like Williamson Brothers BBQ for your next big tailgate. Another option would be to hire one of Atlanta’s great food trucks like Nana G’s or Buen Provecho to cater your next pregame event. The Falcons are heading for the playoffs, so let’s celebrate Atlanta.

Check out Tailgate Fan to keep the party going at tailgatefan.cbslocal.com.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.