New Year’s Eve is a great time for families to gather together and reflect on the events of the year. What makes New Year’s Special is the gather does not require everyone to spend money on gifts, as company and being together are the greatest reward. Not surprising family traditions for New Year’s Eve are as unique and varied as a family itself. Finding a New Year’s Eve family tradition that works for your particular unit can be a challenge; however, finding that right mix is a great reward that gets appreciated every year. Here are some suggestions for your own New Year’s Eve Family Traditions:
Every New Year’s Eve everyone makes three predictions. These predictions get written down on a slip of paper and placed into a jar or storage unit. That jar gets opened the following New Year’s Eve. This can be a lot of fun as even the kids can chime in with what they expect to happen in the New Year.
The champagne toast is likely the most observed family tradition on New Year’s Eve. Still someone saying a few words and everyone raising their glasses high is a great way to kick the New Year off in the right way. Having a dedicated Toastmaster is a great idea, but changing every year and taking turns is a great way to have this appeal to everyone. Perhaps even making it the oldest person or when someone turns eight-teen is a great tradition to start.
Quarters On The Window Ledge
Placing quarters on the window ledge is a way to symbolize wealth in the New Year. All you really need to do is have enough quarters for everyone present, and maybe a few for those who are not, and set them out until the New Year arrives. With any luck, everyone will have great financial luck in the New Year.
Play a Game
Playing a certain game on New Year’s Eve is a great family tradition, perhaps even keep track of who wins every year. Any game will do whether it is a video game, a card game, or an old fashioned board game. Games are great because everyone sits around a table and talks to each other, which presents a great chance to reconnect after a long year.
New Year’s Blessing
Every year after the stroke of midnight with the arrival of the New Year, the host offers up a quick blessing and prayer for the New Year. With all the hoopla and festivities, this is a great chance for a quiet moment of reflection and hope for the next year.
Hugs and Kisses, and Handshakes too
As the clock counts down, everyone walks around and either hugs and kisses everyone at the party. This is as simple as traditions get, and is a great way to meet new people at the gathering. Offering up a sort of physical contact is a great way to show affection and kindness for all in attendance.
Certain Type of Food
Many current traditions involve a certain type of food for New Year’s Eve. While different types of foods make the menu on several holidays, having a special one just for New Year’s is really not that difficult. Simply get together and find out what everyone wants to have, and designate it the official New Year’s Eve dish. This can be a cookie, pasta, or meat the more creative the better.
Sign the Board
Purchasing a large sign board and decorating it for the old year and the new year is a great way to commemorate things that have happened. Having everyone at your party sign that poster board is a great way to remember who was there. Once these accumulate throughout the years, a virtual family history gets made. These require a fair amount of work and preparation, but the reward is just fantastic.