New Year Reflections is a great way to look back on the year and make goals for the new one. Every year your family can fill out these sheets as a family night tradition. Fun free printables make it easy!
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 the New Year Reflection 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 NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS BINDER COVER ART HERE.
Here is the full version that we used as teens and now as adults.
DOWNLOAD THE NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS ADULT/TEEN VERSION 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-sentence format. I am looking forward to doing it with my own kids this year!
DOWNLOAD THE NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS KID FRIENDLY VERSION HERE.
Let me know if your family decides to try out this tradition! I would love that! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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