New Year's Eve Activities for Families: 3 Fun New Year’s Eve Traditions to Start Now! by Samantha Harris

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10 months ago
New Year's Eve Activities for Families: 3 Fun New Year’s Eve Traditions to Start Now!

New Year’s Eve is my family’s favorite holiday thanks to the traditions we’ve established: our memory jar, memory box and end-of-year interviews.

  • For the interview, we decide on a set of questions about our favorite things, hobbies and aspirations for the new year. Then we interview each other using these questions. After that we watch our interview videos from previous years.
  • We collect keepsakes throughout the year in our memory box – rocks or shells from a trip, movie ticket stubs, wedding invitations, the kids’ drawings, articles of clothing, etc. On New Year's Eve, we go through the box to relive the year, then we seal it up and label it with a year 10 years in the future. We won’t open our first box until 2025, but opening old boxes will become a part of our New Year's Eve traditions as well.
  • Our memory jar is a glass jar filled with slips of paper marked with a precious moment from our year. These are memories of taking cross-country road trips, losing a first tooth, making a new friend, playing a particularly fun game of UNO and more. They are extraordinary and everyday moments that defined the year for us.

New Year's resolutions are nice, but our goal is to make memories.

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Donna John
What awesome ideas!! Now that's the way to make memories with your kids. Thanks for sharing, Samantha Harris !
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I love this! Having traditions as a family is so important. I love New Year's Eve, too. I got engaged four years ago on NYE, so we celebrate our engage-versary each year. Thank you for sharing this, Samantha Harris !
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I love these traditions SO much, Samantha Harris ! Thanks for sharing them with us! What lucky kids!!
Lemi-Ola Erinkitola
Great ideas. I just bought clear jars for the holidays so this is perfect.

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