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      Families choose to stay in for New Year's Eve

      P arty hats and bottles of champagne are just a few items that seem to be on many lists to help bring in a new year, but all three items suggest people are staying in.

      C harles Leard owner of M&R Liquor said with Amarillo law enforcement increasing the number of officers out patrolling for New Year's Eve, he notices a lot more people choose to celebrate at home.

      Leard said, "They come here, get their stuff. They go home and they're in for the night. They don't have to worry about anything and that's good."

      N ew Year's party accessories did not last long on the shelves of the Card and Party Factory, and with hundreds of balloons sold in just one day, families decided to trade in the Amarillo night life for family traditions.

      Mari Escobedo said, "We're celebrating New Year's and we're also celebrating my aunts birthday, so we're going to have a lot of food, games and cake."

      And when they're not celebrating with food and games.

      " I t's actually my anniversary. " Brandon Rogers said. "W e celebrated Saturday so today we're just going to spend time with family and then we'll probably have a movie marathon or something."

      But come midnight, it's a celebration for all.