Top 10 Traditions for the New Year

It makes me laugh a little to think about how every year I make New Year’s resolutions that last for about three days. So instead of making just a list of resolutions, I decided to write down a few traditions that I do/want to try that are easy to continue throughout the year.
 

 

 

1. Memory Jar: Keep a jar in a significant area of your home (mantle, bedroom, kitchen window, etc.) with little slips of paper and a pencil near it. Anytime something significant, funny, exciting, or unusual happens write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar. Read them on New Years day the next year!

 

 

2. Photo/Video Yearbook: It is so easy and inexpensive to create photo books on sites like Shutterfly, why not do one each year of your family! I did a photo version for us last year and I love it! 

 
 

3. Vacation Plan: Plan out vacations for the year ahead of time, even small ones. This helps keep you excited throughout the year and will motivate you to save your money!

 

 

4. Accomplishments and Goals List: Everyone seems to have it down that we make goals on new years, but don’t forget to keep track of your accomplishments from the previous year as well! It is really amazing to look through the years and see the big and little things you were able to do, plus it helps motivate you to accomplish your new goals.

 

 

5. Money Jar: Create a jar where you put all the cash you get throughout the year. This is nice because for the most part we usually use credit cards so the cash is easy to forget about. My husband and I started doing this only a few months ago, but we already have over $500!

 

 

6. Quote Board: Use a pin board, chalk board, box, etc. and write down all the funny things that get said in the home!

 

 

7. Letters of Appreciation: I think it’d be awesome to do what this person does, and keep a journal for each of your kids. Then you could write in it at least once a year and give it to them when they move out. Or if you don’t have kids yet, send letters of appreciation to those who were especially there for you throughout the year.

 

 

8. Before and After Pictures: With your New Year’s weight loss goal (I know we all have one…) be sure to take a before picture! Also do this for your other goals, or even just of your family. Even if you don’t get a professional photographer, take a photo in the same location at the start of each year to see how you’ve changed.

 

 

 

9. Books to Read: Reading is SOOO good for you! Don’t just create a wish list of books you want to read, actually go get them and put them around your house so that the next time you have a spare moment, you don’t get straight for the TV, you pick a book up instead.

 

 

10. Bucket List: Check your bucket list (or write one) and then actually schedule some on your calendar for the year. Even if you don’t get to all of them, you’re more likely to do them if you plan ahead.

 

 

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XOXO

 

Amber

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13 thoughts on “Top 10 Traditions for the New Year”

  1. You're so right, whatever did happen to my New Year resolution for a memory jar?? It did last three days, in fact I love number 6's "plot twist' quote, that's what happened plot twist, after plot twist here!
    What a great post – thank you.
    Wren x

  2. I love number 8 – especially if ou have kids. I think I would even consider a monthly shot. It would be really cool to see the progression of the year.

  3. Love the memory jar idea! I sort of already do the letters idea. When my husband and I were dating, I gave him a memory book of how we met and starting dating for our first Valentine's Day. Once we got married, I updated it every year with significant events in our lives. It's been a treasure to read!

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

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