A New Year’s Idea
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reflect on all of your memories from the year. To celebrate this holiday, I am always looking for new activities to help my family reflect on what we have done throughout the year – and when I came across this idea, I totally fell in love! This New Year’s idea will have you collecting memories all year long to open as a New Year’s Eve activity. How fun is that? And with free printables – this tradition couldn’t be easier!
To start, get yourself a jar (I got mine at my local craft store – Hobby Lobby. Or you can use this one from Amazon, but really any glass jar will work) and add this cute “Year of Memories” label. I placed the printable inside of the jar and simply used scotch tape to attach it (high tech – I know!). We love printing through FedEx Office Online (use code CJN715 to get 15% off of ANY order, or to get 20% off of an order over $150, use code CJN721)
Place the jar (along with the pre-printed blank memory paper slips) in a central location in your home where all of your family members have easy access to it.
We have even included a beautiful printable envelope pouch so you can store the blank memory slips for easy access when you need them.
Throughout the year you can fill out a memory paper with something special that happened (big or small) and add it to the jar. Then, as a New Year’s Eve tradition, you can open the jar and read all of the memories from the year. Save these steps on your Pinterest board!
I am so excited about implementing this idea with my family this next year, but I am even more excited to share this idea with friends and extended family. In fact, this will be my Christmas gift this year! I have already made additional copies of the printables to make more jars and with the printable gift tag – gifting this jar is super easy!
The printable tag includes a brief description for your gift recipients on how to use the jar.
Fun, right? A new tradition for your family PLUS a great Christmas gift idea! To get your free printables make sure to stop by Nina Bean Designs to let Leslie know you love these designs & see what else she has in her shop! Then, download your printables below:
This is darling and I love the idea. I want to make a jar for several of my friends but you put all the printouts on a separate paper so I have to print 4 pages for each jar. They don’t fill a full paper so it would be really great if it was all on one page. Thanks for sharing your talents though.
That is great feedback. Thank you for sharing that. What a wonderful idea for a gift.
What a neat idea!! I’d love to look back at those memories! Thanks for sharing!
I love this idea. We started one yesterday and already added our first memory to the jar when we got home last night from seeing Star Wars as a family. It was one of those spontaneous let’s go do it dates. I’m excited to read everything that we did at the end of the year. So much happens and it’s so easy to forget some of the little things.
I am so excited for you to give this a try! We have absolutely loved this tradition. Thanks for sharing!
Love this idea! Too late for Christmas gifts though. I was actually looking for a New Year’s Day “happy” to make for the ladies in my Grief Share class on Wednesday nights. Our first meeting after the holidays will be January 3rd. I LOVE giving “happies”, and was so happy to stumble across this idea. I’m excited to see what 2018 holds (hopefully a much better year)! This is a great way to look back on the year and see your and your families blessings and memories!
Patsy – I love what you are doing! I hope that the ladies in your group enjoy your thoughtful gift and can fill the jar with many happy memories this year! Thanks for sharing!
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