How do you ring in the New Year? With friends? With family? Maybe this year you’re foregoing the big neighborhood block party, but there are still tons of ways to welcome 2021. Below, we rounded up some fun family traditions we think are well worth starting this New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt
For those with kids or grandkids, scavenger hunts can make even the simplest of gifts an entertaining and exciting experience. Hide clues throughout the house, and at midnight set your kids loose. It’ll be a fun and memorable way to start the New Year, and there’s nothing better than watching your kids problem-solve together and have fun doing it.
About 64 percent of Americans say they make resolutions to kickstart their year the right way. Here’s an idea to make an event out of it, and maybe even encourage each other to commit to theirs.
Have each member of your party write their resolution on a piece of paper, then put them all in a hat or bowl. One by one, pick out one resolution and guess who it belongs to. Then, discuss the resolutions together, throwing around ideas for how they can make them stick this coming year.
Yearly Video Diaries
Give yourself a memento to remember each year. We love the idea of recording your New Year’s get-together. Have everyone share their best memories from the prior year, and what they’re most looking forward to in the next. Then, pull up these videos during future New Year’s Eves to look back at how things have changed over the years.
Usher in the Year with a Bonfire
If you have a fire pit outside, or a fireplace inside, light it up to “burn the midnight oil” on New Year’s Eve! A fire not only feels extra cozy on a cold winter night, but it encourages everyone to gather around, making your night full of conversation and laughter. For an extra fun twist, have everyone write down on a slip of paper one bad habit or thing they want to leave behind in 2020. At midnight, toss them into the flames to give yourself a symbolic fresh start to the new year.
Good Things Jar
This one is a year-long endeavor, but you can start it this year and reap the rewards next New Year’s Eve. Create a “Good Things Jar” for your family. Here’s how it works:
Place the jar in a central location in your home. Then, throughout the year, whenever something good happens, have someone write it down and stick it in the jar. This can be anything, as long as it’s positive! Then, on New Year’s Eve, open the jar and read aloud all the good things that happened in the past year. It’s a great way to reflect and be grateful as a family!
Make a Family Bucket List
A fresh new year makes many of us eager to start planning new events, trips, and experiences. Try making a bucket list for all the things you and your family or friends want to do together. It will give you a good idea of how you can stay connected and find time to enjoy life together when the year starts getting busy.
Happy 2021 from Brumbaugh’s!
Make this New Year’s Eve one to remember! Try incorporating these traditions into your plans on December 31. And from all of us at Brumbaugh’s, Happy New Year! We can’t wait to see you in 2021.