1.01.2013

A New Year Family Tradition

This is our Erickson Family Time Capsule! 
 Inside it you will find yearly lists of events that have happened in our family.


Making an end-of-the-year  list (on New Years Eve) has always been a tradition in my family growing up, so naturally, I carried this tradition on into my own little family. I have always loved this tradition, because I think it is so fun to sit around as a family and reflect on the events of the past year.  Each year Dave and I make a list with my family, and then we go home and make our own list that is more specific to just us. The list can be made up of whatever we want and so some things on our list are important to remember and some things are just for fun! We always include things like vacations, job changes, family events, family changes, and big purchases. These lists come in handy when I need to remember important dates... or when my husband asks me something like "What year did we go on that one vacation?" or "What year did I buy my car?"

Here is our list for 2012:


Now that we have our list for 2012, it is ready to go in our time capsule with our other yearly lists. Over the years, I am sure our lists will get longer and longer as our family gets bigger and bigger!



When I was younger, we also had another fun tradition that we would do right after we made our yearly list. We would have "confession" time with my parents. My siblings and I all got to tell one "bad" thing we did that year and get off without a consequence. My parents just wanted to know what we were really up to... We were all pretty good kids, so our confessions always included things like seeing a movie our parents didn't want us to see or sneaking out late at night, but some years there were some interesting confessions!  Depending on how rebellious my own children are, we may or may not carry this tradition on with our family!

What fun New Year traditions do you do with your family or class?

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19 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I might have to borrow it :) Btw, my husband's name is Dave and I also bought an Equinox this year!

    I'm off to enter your Facebook giveaway!

    Happy New Year!

    Halle
    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

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  2. What a great idea!! :)

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    Jenna
    Just Diving In

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  3. I love the end-of-the-year list tradition! I pinned it to use with my future family :) Happy New Year!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  4. What a great idea! I have a holiday book that I bought over 20 years ago. It has two pages for each year where you can record the events of the year, etc. It also has a spot for your Christmas card every year. I treasure it! :)

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  5. As a parent, I must say I love the confession time! I bet this was an interesting moment for everyone!
    Love all the family gatherings here!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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  6. Absolutely LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Rachel
    A-B-Seymour

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  7. That is such a wonderful idea. I will have to start that next year with my "new" family. I'm getting married this year so it will be our first married New Years and a great time to start a new tradition.
    Rambling About Reading

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  8. I LOVE your time capsule idea, and really love the confession time! My kids are older: 33, 30, and 23, and my husband & I love when they finally tell stories of things they did that we never knew. Never anything big: sneaking out to a party, using the car without permission, etc., but I think it would have been great to know that same year so we'd know what to look for the next year! LOL!

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  9. I LOVE your time capsule idea, and really love the confession time! My kids are older: 33, 30, and 23, and my husband & I love when they finally tell stories of things they did that we never knew. Never anything big: sneaking out to a party, using the car without permission, etc., but I think it would have been great to know that same year so we'd know what to look for the next year! LOL!

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  10. What a fun idea! I, too, am a recent newlywed and would love to start this tradition with my little family.

    I do a similar thing in the classroom: all year long my students record their favorite memories (a field trip, a great guest speaker, a memorable lesson, a fun game, etc.) on little slips of paper and then the last week of school, I read several aloud each day as a fun way to remember all of the fun we had.

    ~Jessica
    Joy in the Journey

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  11. LOVE this idea!!! Will be borrowing and using with my family. Thank you!
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  12. I wish I would have known about this 10 years ago for my hubby and I, but it's never too late to start a new tradition! Thanks for the idea!
    Maria
    http://curiousfirsties.blogspot.com

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  13. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing about it. =)

    Did you get my email with the Pete the Cat Christmas activities?

    I want to send you something else but I am not sure if you are getting my emails or if they are going to your junk/spam email folder.

    Happy New Year sweet lady. Thank you for being a blessing to me in 2012. =)

    Hugs,

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  14. These are both great family traditions. I love the idea of placing everything into a time capsule, thanks so much for posting. Have a great 2013.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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  15. I love this idea! It will be so fun to look back at the lists!

    Emily
    Simple Suburbia

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  16. Fun! My fiance and I have had a tradition for a few years now where we make "resolution cookies." I found a fortune cookie recipe online, and we write resolutions for ourselves and for each other. Now we make them with a big group of friends before the ball drops:)

    Ellen
    Great {First Grade} Expectations

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  17. This is a fabulous idea! I would love to start something like this with my family. Thanks for another inspiring idea!
    Bug hugs,
    Shelly
    The Land of Glitter

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  18. Absolutely LOVE that idea! Might have to borrow it! :)

    Happy New Year!!

    Becca
    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

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thanks for the love ♥

 
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