It occurred to me about a month ago that I should post about this traditions, but then I forgot and just remembered that I had wanted to share it a few days ago. I prepped the PDFs and went to put it up yesterday (on New Year’s Eve), but my website host had some major outages and I couldn’t access the site. So I threw in the towel and took a nap, followed by dinner and a kids’ party at a friend’s house. HAPPY NEW YEAR! However, I decided to still share it today, because this is actually something that my family does every year AFTER New Year’s Eve. This is one of my mom’s many holiday traditions: A New Year Reflections Family Night Tradition.
In our church we are encouraged to have weekly family nights called Family Home Evening. Our family usually sang a song, said a prayer, had a short lesson and then played a game and had a treat. Simple, but fun. We weren’t perfect about doing it every week, but we did do this particular activity every single first Monday of each new year without fail. We have been doing it for as long as I can remember. My mom wrote out the categories for everyone and we did our new year reflections and set our goals. Then we went around the room category by category and shared. It was such a fun way to reminisce on the year and spend time together as a family. Every year she saved them and put them into a folder so that we could look back on them and see how our lives had changed over the year(s). My sisters and I all loved doing it so much that we now do it with our own little families.
We always wrote our new year reflections out on a notepad of paper, or typed them on a laptop once we were in college, but I decided that I wanted to make some fun, colorful printables, both to share with you and to use with my own family. I have even included an image to print out and slip into the front of a binder so that you can have a place to keep them every year. I intend to store ours by the photo albums so I don’t lose it and it is located with all of our other memories.
Below I will show you previews of the PDFs, but if you want them in a clear enough quality to look pretty when printed be sure to download the full files from the links below.
Here is the cheery cover art for your binder. 🙂
DOWNLOAD THE COVER ART PDF HERE.
Here is the full version that we used as teens and now as adults.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL ADULT/TEEN PDF HERE.
Since I have a four year old and a one year old, this year I decided that I should really create a version of this tradition that is a bit more little kid friendly. I used to be an elementary school teacher, so I tried to make it a bit bigger for writing, easier colors to read (no yellow), and in simple finish-the-sentance format. I am looking forward to doing it with my own kids this year!
DOWNLOAD THE FULL KID-FRIENDLY PDF HERE.
Let me know if you family decides to try out this tradition! I would love that! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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