Any holiday or special event is a wonderful time to spend time with those you love. Developing family traditions around a holiday will create a sense of unity and it will result in memories that will be cherished for years to come. As your kids grow up they will likely continue the tradition with their own kids and the tradition will be passed from one generation to the next.
Even ‘simple’ family traditions can have significant meaning. In other words, you don’t have to be worried about coming up with an idea that is ‘over the top’. The fact that you and your family practice and enjoy the activity is what counts. As the tradition is continued year after year it will naturally be considered an important part of the New Year holiday celebration.
Anything at all can become a New Year holiday tradition. Whether you choose to build the tradition around fun and games or something more meaningful, the activity will help strengthen family bonds. With that in mind, you will find four suggested New Year’s traditions listed below:
1) The Happy Jar
The Happy Jar is a very simple concept. You will start with an empty jar that the family decorates together. A typical craft box will contain everything needed to ‘dress up’ your Happy Jar. Make the decorating process fun. Have some favorite family snacks handy and play some cheerful music. Once decorated the idea is to add small notes about things that make you happy.
As the year progresses each family member is encouraged to add notes to the jar when ‘happy’ things happen. On New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the family shares the fun of reading all the notes. Then of course, the process is started again for the New Year.
2) New Year’s Photos
Taking photos on holidays is nothing new, but there are ways to make the experience a very special activity. For instance, why not make your Family Portraits different from what is considered typical and expected. You could dress up like clowns or animals or dress according to a certain era or decade. The point is, when you make the photos unique or funny in some way the entire experience will be more fun and more memorable.
3) Ice Skating
Ice skating is a great family activity and it’s a fun way to celebrate New Year’s. It gets you out of the house and ensures that everyone will have a good time.
4) Take a Vacation
Another fun option is to take a vacation for New Year’s. Whether you have no kids or 5 kids there are always fun places to go for the holiday. Taking some vacation and getting away can be a ton of fun! Some families might find there way to Disney theme parks for the holiday while others might indulge in luxury travel to kick off the New Year. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have a great time!
The point is, your tradition can be as elaborate or as unique as you like. All that matters is that you and your family enjoy the celebration. Whether you choose to create a Happy Jar or you prefer celebrating New Year’s with a physical activity like ice skating, having a holiday tradition will definitely make the celebration more meaningful.