New Year’s Traditions

How do you ring in the New Year?

Even before we had children, our celebrations centered around a few family members or friends, some tasty food, and a card game or seven (preferably 5 or 10 point pitch).

Depending on who’s around, where we go, or if we stay home by ourselves (which is a perfectly lovely way to spend the holiday!) the food, family, and games remain pretty consistent for New Year’s Eve.  Add a few children running around in their jammies, conking out in front of a movie, and we’re good to go.

To make the holiday more meaningful for our own children, we’re trying to establish some family New Year’s traditions.  One activity that our kids adore is a home video night.  Together, we watch videos we’ve taken from the past year, laughing over a bowl of popcorn.

Another tradition we enjoy is the family time capsule. Each member of the family adds something(s) to the time capsule (a box) and we stuff it in a corner of the basement for a year.  Next year we open the time capsule and check out their favorite jeans (that are now 3 inches too short), the shoes they wore until there were holes in them, and the pictures they drew (Wow, mom!  I didn’t know how to spell way back then.)  Other items we might include:

  • this year’s Christmas letter and photo
  • a small toy they can part with for a year
  • a list of antics and current kidisms written by mom and dad
  • school portraits
  • other candid photos

New Year’s traditions I’ve found around the web:

What traditions are prevalent in your New Year’s celebration?

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  1. Those are really great traditions! I love the time capsule idea and we may have to implement something like that here. We do have a bit of that when decorating our Christmas tree because we collect ornaments whenever we travel or go someplace special. We’ve got concert tickets and trinkets from all over the place. It’s so fun to remember each moment as we hang those items on the tree.

    Hope you and your family have a great start into 2010!

    • We do (did!) that with Christmas ornaments, too. Before having children we’d always take a short overnight anniversary trip to a B&B or something. Since our anniversary is 12/19, it’s been fun to collect ornaments at the different places we go.

  2. Those are some GREAT traditions:-)

  3. Fun traditions, Amy! We’re doing a time capsule this year, and New Year’s Interviews (I read about this at Let’s Explore). This will be our 1st year of establishing New Year’s traditions, so I’m looking forward to it!

  4. We don’t have any traditions for New Year’s Eve besides going to church for Vision Night. Lots of great preaching, games, and fellowship! 😀

  5. You are the first person (outside of my in-laws) who I have come across that knows how to play pitch! I’m just curious….how do you play 5 point pitch? We’ve always played with 10 points, 4, 5, or 6 players.

    • Ha! Playing pitch was a premarital “requirement” for me to get into my hubby’s family. 🙂 I actually learned 5 point way before 10 point. 10 point is so much easier! The “points” in 5 point are high (whatever trump is highest), low (whatever trump is lowest) jack, joker, and game (trump points added up). Otherwise, it’s pretty much played like 10-point.

  6. I’ve never had a New Year’s tradition, and that’s something I’d like to establish with my family! I don’t think Libbie will be staying up til midnight for a few more years though!

    DH and I are going to have a nice, quiet dinner after she goes to bed of steak, twice-baked potatoes, carrots, salad, and ice cream, and then watch a movie. A little date night at home!

    • I think we’re going to have a family picnic while watching our home videos and then DH and I will be “partying” like you and your DH. 😉

  7. These are some great ideas!! I really love watching all the family home videos. My boys are a bit young yet, but I’m sure next year would be a great time to start some traditions. This year I’m starting one by making a New Year’s Apple Challah….yummy! Happy New Year!!

  8. eating halwa puri..

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