Creating family traditions is important to many of us. If you are looking to create some New Year’s traditions, I hope this post gives you some great ideas. If you have some special ways you celebrate the New Year, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
Here is how we ring in the new year.
Our New Year’s Eve traditions all begin with… (drumroll, please)
The Balloon Countdown
The idea is to have a bunch of balloons and label them for each hour of the evening. You can start anytime, but we begin with 6pm. At the top of the hour, a child pops the balloon for that hour. Inside each balloon is the activity we will do that hour.
6pm Activity: Fondue
The first activity we do as tradition is fondue and fingerfoods. The kids are responsible for coming up with the fingerfoods (crackers, fruit, bread, chips, etc) to go with the fondue. I typically do one cheese and one chocolate fondue, although I’ve also done a super yummy pizza fondue that we like.
During this hour we also talk about the questions I’ll be asking them for their interview (7pm activity) to give them a heads up and time to think through their answers.
7pm Activity: Interviews
One of our favorite traditions is the annual video interview. I take each child individually and interview them. I ask each of them the same questions, but the questions themselves vary each year because my kids memorize them and come up with stupid answers instead of real ones. So I have to change them up!
Truly, this is one of the funniest things and at random times during the year, the kids go back and watch their interviews.
After I have interviewed them all, we all watch everyone’s interview and laugh our heads off at the answers!
Here are the questions I’ll be asking this year:
What is your name?
Grade and teacher?
What is your favorite animal?
Tell me the best thing about 2014?
What is something you can’t live without?
Do you want to get married one day? Who do you think you’ll marry?
What do you think it will be like to be married?
What is one thing you hope to do in 2015?
I can’t wait to hear their answers :)
8pm Activity: Games
8 o’clock is game hour. Some of our favorites are:
Pandemic (this one’s on our wish list!)
9pm Activity: Scavenger Hunt
9pm means Scavenger Hunt! We do this indoors because we live in a huge apartment complex and I can’t hide things outside; but when we are in the States, I hope we can take it to the backyard and do it with flashlights! In any case, this can be changed up to work for whatever the weather and situation permits.
After the hunt is over, we have more snacks!
10pm Activity: Movie/Campout
This is when some of our guys start to get tired, so 10pm is when we let everyone watch a movie and do a campout in the living room. If they fall out, we let them sleep. Whoever doesn’t fall out gets to finish the celebrations.
11pm Activity: Promise Board
The movie will probably go a little past 11pm, so we’ll pop the 11 o’clock balloon whenever the movie is over. We talk about the new year, our hopes, dreams, goals, promises God has given us, and generally encourage one another.
As we talk, we do a promise board together. This is similar to a vision board but instead of basing it on pagan beliefs such as the law of attraction, we base it on the promises of God. The Word is Truth! We cut and paste pictures and words from magazines that represent the promises, words, and scriptures God has given us for the New Year.
This board can then be framed and hung in the house as a reminder throughout the year.
Midnight Activity: Toast and Prayer
The big moment has arrived! We blow horns, toast each other with grape juice, sing a song or two, pray over the new year, and hit the sack!
May you and yours have a Happy New Year!