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:
- Myra’s Texas Caviar is the only way to eat the “required” good-luck black eyed peas, in my humble opinion.
- Liz’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Goody Bags look like so much fun! Hmmm… maybe next year.
- Not surprisingly, Jessica’s family bakes a New Year’s cake each year. Why not?!
What traditions are prevalent in your New Year’s celebration?