New Years Eve Memory Jar

On New Years Eve begin a new family tradition and make a memory jar or time capsule together.  It is such a lovely way of focusing on your families dreams and wishes for the year ahead. You simply begin by thinking about a few wishes for the year ahead and then as the year progresses add any special thoughts, memories or even tiny souvenirs to the jar before opening it the following New Years Eve. 

Make a New Years Eve memory jar or  time capsule and create a new family tradition. This keepsake is lots of fun to look back on.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to look back on the fun times you have had and think ahead to the future.  We have some printable interview questions available to ask the kids which would create a great memory to go alongside a New Years Eve memory jar. 


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You will need:


You will simply need a good sized jar for this family tradition. You can either get one for each family member or share one as a family. You could recycle an old jam jar or buy a jar especially for this tradition. 


New Years Eve Memory jar or time capsule


Begin by writing the year on your memory jar. You could make a fancy label, use a gift tag or let one of the children design a label with the year on. We simply wrote the year onto the lid of our jar using a sharpie marker pen. 

The memory jar can begin on New years Eve with each member of the family writing a writing a wish (or 2) for the coming year. Younger children will obviously need some help with this. We wrote our wishes, hopes and dreams for the year ahead on the back of these stars which we then added as the first items for our memory jar. 

Make a New Years Eve memory jar or  time capsule and create a new family tradition. This keepsake is lots of fun to look back on.

Keep the jar in a place which is easy for all the family to access and during the year add small items and little notes that remind you of special memories or events that take place.  It would be fun to add tiny photographs or keepsakes from special days out or family events. Jotting down any funny things the children say or do to look back on would be extra special too! 

Next New Years Eve open up the memory jar and take a look at all the special memories created, funny things people have said and see if you have achieved the wishes and dreams you set out to.  


Make a New Years Eve memory jar or  time capsule and create a new family tradition. This keepsake is lots of fun to look back on.

Do you have any new years eve traditions you do together as a family? You might want to fill in our interview questions to ask the kids to look back on too, another great keepsake. 

2 comments

  1. This is a lovely idea. I kept a diary last year recording family news and events and I m planning to put this together with photos and drawings from kids etc to make a family scrapbook to look back on.

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    1. A scrapbook sounds lovely too Nicole. Like you I keep all the childrens drawings, can't throw anything away! I just put them in a box at the moment but a scrap books a good idea.

      I haven't done a memory jar before but I'm looking forward to starting a new year and 'hopefully' having lots of happy memories to fill it with.

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