As the year comes to a close, families can create some rituals that help strengthen them for the coming year. Here are some ideas for you to try.
everyone in your family answer the same set of questions, like:
- Who is your hero?
- Whom do you admire?
- What is your favorite activity?
- What is your favorite food?
- What TV show do you like?
- Who is your best friend?
- What was the most fun thing you did this year?
- What special family memories do you have?
- Put everyone’s sheet with their questions and answers in a can you’ve decorated. Keep it until next New Year’s Eve. Make a tradition of opening the can and reading the questions and answers. What stayed the same? What was different? Answer them again for the current year and save those for the next New Year’s Eve.
Family picture scrapbook
- With your family, go through pictures you’ve taken in 2012. If they are on your computer, look at them there. Have everyone choose a few of their favorites. You can set a limit—like 5 or 10 per person.
- Create a scrapbook of your year—either by printing them out, or by using an online program. You might even decide to put them in a digital picture frame.
- Take turns talking about what you have celebrated this year.
- Go deeper than birthdays (though those are legitimate celebrations) and holidays. Talk about things people have learned, even if they were hard lessons.
- Celebrate your growth together as a family.
- For fun, toast each celebration with a sip of sparkling cider.
Taking a few minutes to review good times (and not so good times) helps create a sense of togetherness and perspective for children and adults in families. Take time to strengthen your family this season.