With Christmas over, we are moving into the new year. As a mom, I love to think of fun New Year’s Eve traditions to cultivate. Today, I wanted to share some of our favorite New Year’s Eve traditions and some that we want to try out!
Family Favorite New Year’s Eve Traditions
Early New Year’s
While I love the idea of bringing in the new year as a family, the reality is that it will result in extremely tired and cranky kids the next day. Instead of a midngiht celebration, try for an earlier celebration. Delcare 7pm or 8pm to be midnight and celebrate!
We started the New Year’s Eve tradition of using a memory jar a couple years ago and it has been a favorite. Starting in January, we start to fill a mason jar with memories from the year. The jar sits on our shelf in the dining room and anyone can add a memory to it over the course of the year. Then on New Year’s eve, we open the jar and read al of the memories. It is always amazing to reflect on the past year. If you want to start this tradition, you can grab a jar and print off the label and cards for the jar or you can order the entire kit complete with a bag to hold the memories.
This is a tradition that we have not tried yet, but I think my kids would love it! You can check out a great visual of what this looks like over at Been There, Pinned That.
I love the idea of taking a family photo every year on New Year’s Eve and will be starting this. The picture does not have to be staged and perfect. Aren’t the best family photos the ones when the kids are being their usual crazy selves?! Start putting the photo in an ablum that holds the New Year’s Eve family photos.
As a fun way to reflect on the past year, have everyone fill out a yearly interview. Once you fill them out, place in a binder with plastic sleeves or photo album. Pull out the album every year to add in your new interviews and read the interviews from the past. This tradition can be combined with the family photo as you can add the photo in with the interview. I love this free printable interview here.
Have a game night.
While you wait for the New Year to ring in, play Bingo as a family. Hip Hooray Blog has a great printable Bingo game that would be so much fun to play.