*Updated for New Year’s 2017!
I LOVE family traditions. We have several that have been carried from one generation to another one and we have some that have just recently become a family tradition. Today I want to share with you a new to us family tradition for New Year’s Eve….our very own New Year’s Eve Time Capsule. Ever since we had kids, our New Year’s Eve has consisted mostly of a Family Oriented New Year’s Eve Party, sometimes with extended Family depending on who is around, and sometimes just by our self.
The party usually consists of eating some of our favorite appetizers and a delicious soup and staying up till midnight playing games (like Roll Around the Clock or these Frozen Games), watching old home movies of our family, movie marathons and laughter. This year I created some fun themed New Year’s Eve Minute To Win It Games that you might want to check out for your own New Year’s Eve Celebration.
I wanted to add another element to our party and find a way to look back on the year and to welcome in the New Year and thought it would be fun to create a Time Capsule with our family.
I saw this lovely Time Capsule Jar from Kelli Rowe and thought it was just perfect. I decided to add some New Year’s Eve Questionnaires for each of us to fill out and answer some questions about things that happened during the year. Then we can line them up on the shelf so that we have a nice little display that holds some of our memories from the years.
Then we can start the jar for the New Year and set it on the shelf so that we can easily add ticket stubs, photos and little moments that we may gather throughout the coming year. Since I have given up on scrapbooking right now, this is a perfect solution for me to keep all of these little items organized as well. Then when I do get around to scrapbooking…I have them already organized by the year.
I wish I would have started this years ago with the kids. I would have loved to have looked back at their answers and their cute little handwriting. But starting now is better than never…right?! After the kids have filled out the questions, be sure to add them to your Time Capsule Jar so you can have them to look back at through the coming years.
I am also sharing these free New Years Eve Printables. Have the kids fill them out in their own handwriting and words (if they are old enough) and have them include a self portrait or add a picture of them while they play with some of these fun New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props (which I will be updating here soon).
To download a copy of the New Year’s Eve Time Capsule Questions Printable click here:
Include this Time Capsule Activity as part of the New Year’s Eve Countdown Activity Bags to help you count down the hours to the New Year.
I just love involving the kids in all of these fun activities and to see their own little personalities and see what their favorite moments were. Every year at Christmas we do something similar and send it out with our Christmas Cards and it is fun to see what the kids remember from the year.
Print your own New Year’s Eve Banner for your own Celebrations. The black 2015 New Year’s Banner will be shared here soon as well…so stayed tuned for that if you are interested!
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