Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Works-for-Me Wednesday: New Year's Tradition

This week there is a backwards theme at the Works for Me Wednesday Headquarters. The idea is that I am to ask a question and my readers are to answer it.

I am so thrilled with a New Year's tradition that I started last year that I wanted to share it. It is not only working for me, it is creating treasures for me for years to come.

The tradition we started last year is a Family Time Capsule.

We created a 2008 Time Capsule on New Year's Day. Each family member got 3 squares of paper for the project. One paper was for drawing a picture (of themselves, if possible). Another paper was for answering questions.
The questions were:
1. What was your favorite Christmas present?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your favorite desert?
5. What is your favorite toy?
6. What is your favorite thing to do (besides video games)?
The final paper was a wild card. Each person could do whatever they wanted with that paper.

This year, the kids were really excited when I opened up the 2008 Time Capsule. My husband and I took turns reading last year's answers.



Everyone was excited about creating the 2009 Time Capsule.

My daughter got to color the numbers.


We carefully decided on the answers to the questions (we used the same ones as last year).

We worked really hard drawing the pictures.


My princess tried to trace her hand.

Daddy helped create a 2nd hand tracing.

We were excited about each other's pictures.

Momma and Daddy took time to complete their papers (unlike last year when we never got around to it).


The whole family enjoyed putting together the Owen 2009 Time Capsule.

It is being "buried" with our Christmas gifts. We will open it New Year's Eve or Day of 2011.

By the way, I don't think it is too late to do this for 2009. It is such a fun family activity.

Now for my question: Do you have any Family New Year's Traditions?

15 comments:

Beth E. said...

New Year's Day is my birthday, so we always celebrate my big day!

3LittleMonkeys said...

What a wonderful idea. I totally want to do that when my boys get a little older!
The only tradition we have is a family dinner on New Years Day.

MiMi said...

That looks like so much fun! I have to steal this idea from you. We have a tradition: usually we are asleep before midnight! LOL! That's an accidental tradition.

Foursons said...

What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

Jules said...

We don't have any traditions for New Years. I do like this idea though. I might have to steal it...

Musings of a Housewife said...

That's an awesome idea. Love it. And I particularly love the photo with the wide grin. SO CUTE!

RLR said...

Nothing exciting here - ever since our oldest was born, we tend to sleep our way into the new year. The tv coverage isn't nearly as exciting as it used to be, and after all of the traveling we did this year for Christmas, getting to sleep in our own bed was lovely!

Lori.... said...

That's a great idea!

He & Me + 3 said...

What a fun idea for everyone. I did something like that on Stunt Man's first birthday and had everyone write something for him to read when he is 18. I can't wait.
My kids always spend NYE with my parents..that is really our only tradition so far.

Carmom said...

We always celebrate Matt's birthday. I love this idea though we might have to try it too. Thanks for sharing!!

Alicia said...

That is such a neat idea!!! I will have to do that with my family.

Adventure Mom Janna said...

What a fun way to reflect on the old and record the new! I hope they continue this tradition when they are on their own.

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Brandi said...

What a very super great idea!!

This is the one holiday in which we pretty much have no traditions. For one, I hate staying up late, and I am just so plum worn out from all of the Christmas festivities!!!

Maybe I will try yours out next year and blog it. :)

Missy said...

We do not have any New Year's traditions. I LOVE this idea. You are right, it is not too late. What a great idea of momentos to see how your children change and grow from year to year.

sarah said...

LOVE this idea! How fun!