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New Year Capsule

This Year's New Year party/get together, was very enjoyable. I'm so grateful for such wonderful friends! While we live so far away from family, it is such a blessing to have friends that are just like having family close by.  My decorations were minimal this year: 

 But the food and games are usually the focus anyway. We always enjoy pizza and chips, Sprite fruitpunch,



a seven layer dip, and anything guests want to bring to share...

    munching as the night progresses over a game of Rate Your Mate, Taboo, Gestures, or Apples to Apples.
This year our family and guests started a New Year Capsule tradition.

I thought of this idea when I was thinking about how I would have each of us write out our resolutions. The thought of just writing them out is nice, but whose to say they will ever be opened or recognized next year? In the past, my husband and I wrote out our goals for the upcoming year, sealed them in an envelope, and read them a year or so later. We wouldn't always do this on New year's Eve, or even in January, but it was neat to see how many of our goals we would accomplish. The danger in something like this was that one year we found our latest envelope from 3 years or so previous (oops!). It's easy to lose a paper or envelope.  Even with my husbands amazingly organized filing skills. But, every year we do decorate for Christmas and enjoy our beautiful tree. That's when I thought of the ornament and it's ability to hold things inside.

So with a silver paint pen, I marked the last name of each family and the year of the goal on one side,


and the significance of the ornament on the other.
New Year Resolution Capsule. Check this out!!
 My hope is that each year, we will pull out the past year's ornaments while decorating and create a new ornament for the next year. It was always fun to look back and see what areas we had improved on, whether we had fulfilled our goals, or dismissed them altogether.  Won't it be neat to look back at previous resolutions and see where we are in ten years?

 We had a lot of fun doing this while donning our New Year headbands (doesn't our friend's little girl look adorable in hers?!)
(If you've never made one of these, you've got to try it! They're so much fun, anything goes.)
 many wishes for a
 Happy New Year!
Love,

7 comments:

  1. happy new year, love your cute blog!

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  2. I love this idea! Please come share this at my linky party! I'm your newest follower.

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  3. I love the Christmas ornament time capsule idea! That could become such a fun tradition!

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  4. what a great idea! And a great way to remember!

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  5. This is fabulous!!! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-5.html

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  6. What a neat idea - I think we'll start doing this, too!

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  7. Hi Michele, what a fabulous idea and thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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