5 New Year’s Traditions To Start

hnyAs New Year’s celebrations are being planned many parents are wondering about ways to make the holiday meaningful for their kids. Since most New Year’s parties include alcohol consumption they are not exactly kid-friendly. However, there are lots of great things parents can do with their kids – things that will give the New Year holiday a special and memorable meaning.

Traditions Can Make the Holiday More Meaningful

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.

Four Favorite New Year’s Traditions

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

2)      New Year’s Photos

3)      Ice Skating

4)      Slumber Party

5)      Take a Vacation

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.

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.

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.

New Year’s Eve is a fabulous time to have a family slumber party. This fun usually happens in the living room or a family room. Use comforters, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags to create sleeping space. . Movies are a natural fit for this type of fun. Board games can offer a break from the movies, and when everyone begins to get tired you can turn the lights out and tell stories.

Have a simple but favorite meal. Pizza or corndogs are great choices, but if you want to turn the festivities into a learning experience you can celebrate with food from another country. Each year you can learn about new foods and customs of a new place.

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.


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About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a recent college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun and photography. Email Candace


  1. I really like the happy jar idea! Thanks for sharing!

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