As the New Year approaches, it's a great time to remember the past year and have fun recording favorite moments and memories!
Our printable Questionnaire and DIY Family Time Capsule are a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year and add a tradition that will be fun for this year and every New Year to come!
Well, like many families, we have some traditions that have been around for many years and are now a permanent fixture in our annual routines and celebrations. There are others, however, that we tried very hard to make annual traditions but they just didn't take hold. They were great ideas, of course, (and some super delicious!), but for whatever reason, found ourselves exploring new options!
When I was a kid, my family would make these really great waffles on New Year's Eve topped with strawberries, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and whatever else we could pile on!
We'd stuff ourselves silly with these delicious waffle creations, play games, watch TV and try our hardest to stay up to midnight to watch the ball get dropped in Times Square!
Well, years later I figured we'd do a variation on the waffles! I didn't have a waffle iron, but came up with, what I thought, was a good replacement!
I remember coming up with the idea of making pizzelle cookies on New Year's Eve and thought it was the coolest addition to the night's festivities!
They're like thin waffles - so I'd have my nostalgic connection and I had this great pizzelle maker I won in my first auction on eBay! Voila! New tradition!
But, after a couple of years of pizzelles and toppings, it kind of fizzled out. In search of a festive replacement, I moved on to fondue. Recipes were gathered, ingredients purchased - let the melting begin!
Now the fondue and accompanying snacks were delish for sure, but quite frankly, after Christmas, my energy level drops quite a bit. Fondue is not even a big commitment, but enough of one that I really was okay not continuing.
Easy munchies, followed by a movie and trying to stay up until midnight is pretty much all I can handle at this point! And, no, I don't feel guilty about it! My husband and daughter are not big party people either, so, the three of us are okay staying in and welcoming the New Year more enthusiastically in the morning!
Back to that tradition that we kinda fell into...
Well, about the same time that the fondue stopped, we started writing down some of our goals and resolutions for the upcoming New Year. Nothing new here, right?
Well, this kind of morphed into our extended version that we have firmly embraced and look forward to each year!
Either while enjoying some New Year's Eve snacks or after our first breakfast of the year, fave moments, memories and more are remembered and written down.
Sometimes we write at the same time, sometimes we pick a topic and take turns passing the paper and writing our responses while reminiscing aloud. Either way, it has become one of our favorite ways to remember the past year and welcome the New Year!
After writing down some of the things we've done, fave foods, places we've gone and more, we search for small things or tokens that showcase our year. See below for our Time Capsule Inspiration ideas!
When we're finished, we fold it up and put it to the side and take out the Time Capsule Box! We actually have a couple of boxes at this point, because we keep choosing small ones!
I want to emphasize the small part because it's easier to store all of this if you keep it small. We have a tin holiday cookie box that holds some of our years' lists and time capsule treasures. We had to add another box to the Time Capsule collection as the years went on because the little tin became quite full!
We open the 'time capsules' and have fun reading what we put down in the past years and exploring the little knick-knacks and bits of this and that we included as well. It is a lot of fun to read and reminisce about our fun vacations, or when we got our puppy or where we used to like to get pizza from, to name a few!
Seeing the little tokens, tickets and holiday cards from previous years are just the best!
We keep them both in a top cabinet in the kitchen - don't ask me why we don't put them away with the holiday decorations- but it works for us!
We have a lot of fun doing this! It requires no money, minimal supplies and really is so much fun to do!
At first, we were at a loss of what to include, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy coming up with inspiration!
Time Capsule Inspiration!
Not sure what to put in your own Time Capsule? Here are some ideas and items we've included over the years. But as long as it fits in your capsule box, it really can be anything meaningful to you and your family!
Movie or show tickets
Seashells/pretty stones or sea glass from those trips to lakes/oceans, etc..
A penny or other coins from this year
Small toy or knick-knacks -charms, keychains barettes, etc.
Receipt from a favorite restaurant or coffee shop
Your holiday card or a family photo
Pet tag (when our dog was a puppy and grew out of her collar, we put that in too!)
Small notes or sketches
Here are the Free Printables!
Just click to get both and start your own DIY Time Capsule!
We've had so much fun doing our own DIY Time Capsule and Questionnaire over the years! It's a great way to remember all the good times from the past year and put it all down in one place to revisit when the next New Year rolls around!
Wishing you lots of cheer in the New Year!!
April & Cenzia
P.S. We've realized after finishing this that you should never write a blog post on an empty stomach! We're now wanting, waffles, pizzelles and fondue!! New tradition, perhaps?!