Family Activities to Ring in the New Year

Happy New Year!  The countdown is on and we have only a few short hours until we ring in 2013.  We all know the expression “whatever you do on New Year’s Day will set the tone for the rest of the year.”  That said, let’s make the most of New Year’s day, enjoying and spending time with our families and friends!

Three New Year’s Day Family Activities:

  1. Make 2013 Cookies!  It’s actually as simple as it sounds.  Break out your favorite sugar cookie recipe and your number cookie cutters – the numbers 2, 0, 1 and 3 to be exact : ).  After you bake the cookies and let them cool, let the kids go to town with all of the festive cookie decorations their little hearts desire!
  2. Make a Family Time Capsule!  Decorate an old shoe box or empty oatmeal container to be your time capsule.  Then ask each of your children to write down their answers to a few questions (make sure the adults answer the questions too): “What are you most thankful for from 2012?” “What are you most looking forward to in 2013?” “What resolutions or goals have you set for 2013?” “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “What is your favorite memory from 2012?”.  For younger children, ask them to draw a picture of their family or their friends to place in the capsule.  Then place a copy of a favorite picture of each family member (and/or a favorite family picture) into the capsule.  Seal the capsule and reopen it on New Year’s Eve 2013!  The children will love seeing the pictures from the previous year and everyone in the family will get a kick out the answers to the above questions.  It’s always fun to see how children change their minds and perspectives from year to year (we adults have a tendency to do that too!).
  3. Last but not least…Read a Good Book! Here are some wonderful children’s books related to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
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