Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve With Kids

Our readers share their fun New Year's traditions!
Illustration by Chris Silas Neal

Remember What You're Thankful For

On January 1, my family starts a Gratitude Jar. We jot down what we're grateful for and drop the notes in all year long. On New Year's Eve we open the jar and read the notes.

Martha BrowningWestchester, CA

Trim a Tree

We decorate a "New Year's Tree" with horns, party hats, and balloons!

Kathi KrebsOrcutt, CA

Start the Year with Kindness

My kids and I choose a Person of the Year to do special things for each month. It might be a friend with a new baby, someone struggling with an illness, or an elderly family member. We send letters, bake them cookies, and take them meals.

Miriam DoughtyFairview, NC

Put Some Pop Into Your Countdown

My husband and I write activities ("play a board game") on slips of paper, then tuck them inside balloons. We label one balloon for each hour from 7 p.m. to midnight. At the appointed time, the kids pop the balloon and we spend that hour doing the activity.

Melanie ColosimoJefferson Hills, PA

Fill Out a Questionnaire

Everyone in my family completes a survey. Topics range from "What is your favorite food?" to "What are your goals for the coming year?" I save the surveys, and we revisit them the next year.

Nisa AdkinsLavalette, WV

Plan for Fun

Instead of resolutions, we make a family fun to-do list of activities we'd like to do together that year. Whenever we have some family time, we try something on our list.

Cheryl HullihenVineland, NJ

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