Countdown: New Year Traditions

Welcome to Day 6 of our Countdown to 2010 … the last day of 2009! As of midnight tonight, we’ll begin officially celebrating (and logging) the New Year!!!

There seems to be no shortage of wonderful Christmas traditions. Just check out the responses to this December Challenge post and you’ll see what I mean.

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But I haven’t heard about as many New Year traditions. So I thought I’d share a couple of traditions from within my own immediate & extended families … and then invite you to share a few of your own, as well! In fact, I’m even throwing in a little giveaway for one random winner from everyone who posts a comment in response to today’s post.

Rutten/Gunderson/Neill New Year family traditions …

  • Each individual in the family writing down predictions for the coming year, folding them up, then sealing them in an envelope to be read aloud on the next New Year’s Eve. This is usually good for at least a few giggles and can sometimes be quite revealing…
  • Enjoying a steak fondue on the living room floor in front of the TV on New Year’s Eve.
  • Staying up until midnight to watch the ball drop with Dick Clark.
  • Watching the New Year’s Day parades on New Year’s Day morning.
  • Taking down the Christmas tree & putting away the decorations for another year.

New Year, New Tradition …

In the spirit of traditions and to help celebrate the New Year, we’re going to start our own special New Year tradition at Log Your Memory! Beginning tomorrow, “real life” scrapbookers of all backgrounds, mediums, ability levels and life situations are invited to submit their favorite layouts each month for a chance to win a prize as well as be featured in our latest project … the creation of a Log Your Memory “Real Life” Scrapbooking Idea Yearbook!

Winners will be chosen monthly – one for every single day of every month – plus one talented scrapbooker will receive the special honor each month of being the highlighted Scrapper of the Month. Daily winners will each receive a $10 gift certificate good toward any downloadable product in our on-site store, plus have their layout featured in our Yearbook, which will be published early in 2011.  And the Scrapper of the Month will receive a check for $25.00, in addition to the $10 gift certificate and special attention in our Yearbook!

Look for contest rules & information on how to enter in the next several days right here on our blog! Don’t want to miss the announcement? Be sure you’re on our daily update email list … you can sign up or manage your email subscription HERE.

Today’s Giveaway …

Now for today’s giveaway … to enter, simply comment below and tell us about any New Year traditions you already practice or might be thinking about starting this year in your family. The contest closes at midnight (MTN) tonight and then tomorrow, one randomly-chosen winner will receive their choice of any one download from the Log Your Memory on-site store! Good luck & Happy New Year!!!

Don’t forget … midnight tonight is also the deadline to enter the Year-End 100 Things Layout Challenge as well as our December Challenge!!!

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Comments

  1. Claudi says:

    Hi Kristin, thanks for the fun challenges and give-aways…. I wish you and your family happy new year and a blessed 2010….

    Now our traditions… we have not much :-)
    – we are alone as family most years
    – at the evening we have fondue or raclette or something like this
    – we play some games together
    – at midnight we go outside – drink some sparkling wine and then we look the firework around
    – at new year we have nothing … our tradition is to sleep long and have a quiet day together

  2. Claudi says:

    Hi Kristin, thanks for the fun challenges and give-aways…. I wish you and your family happy new year and a blessed 2010….

    Now our traditions… we have not much :-)
    – we are alone as family most years
    – at the evening we have fondue or raclette or something like this
    – we play some games together
    – at midnight we go outside – drink some sparkling wine and then we look the firework around
    – at new year we have nothing … our tradition is to sleep long and have a quiet day together

  3. Rosemary says:

    Happy New Years Eve to everyone.

    We have a party at our house every year on New Years Eve as we have a family birthday on 31st. At midnight we have one of the TV stations on for the countdown and then watch the local fireworks from our garden, we are lucky with a gret view.

    I love the idea of writing down predictions for the next year and sealing them. I think we might do this – thanks for the idea.

  4. Rosemary says:

    Happy New Years Eve to everyone.

    We have a party at our house every year on New Years Eve as we have a family birthday on 31st. At midnight we have one of the TV stations on for the countdown and then watch the local fireworks from our garden, we are lucky with a gret view.

    I love the idea of writing down predictions for the next year and sealing them. I think we might do this – thanks for the idea.

  5. shanduck says:

    Our family tradition is to play card games with whichever side of the family we are with until midnight (and beyond) on New Year’s Eve and then watch football all day New Year’s Day. This year will be extra special watching the Rose Bowl as I am a bleed green and yellow Duck from Oregon!!!!

  6. shanduck says:

    Our family tradition is to play card games with whichever side of the family we are with until midnight (and beyond) on New Year’s Eve and then watch football all day New Year’s Day. This year will be extra special watching the Rose Bowl as I am a bleed green and yellow Duck from Oregon!!!!

  7. cole19 says:

    We used to go to a friends house for New Year’s Eve and stay up until around 1:00 at which time we would come home and put the girls to bed. Very hard to do, they were ususally wound up by then. However they moved a few years ago and now we really don’t do much for New Year’s Eve. We joke that we are getting old as we are usually in bed around 10:00. For New Year’s Day, the biggest tradition is the “discussion” over whether I get to watch all of the Rose Bowl Parade, or my husband gets to put on the football games early. I have no problem with him watching the bowl games from noon on, but let me have my couple of hours with the parade. Usually we have a party on New Year’s Day, but for some reason DH didn’t want to do it this year.

  8. cole19 says:

    We used to go to a friends house for New Year’s Eve and stay up until around 1:00 at which time we would come home and put the girls to bed. Very hard to do, they were ususally wound up by then. However they moved a few years ago and now we really don’t do much for New Year’s Eve. We joke that we are getting old as we are usually in bed around 10:00. For New Year’s Day, the biggest tradition is the “discussion” over whether I get to watch all of the Rose Bowl Parade, or my husband gets to put on the football games early. I have no problem with him watching the bowl games from noon on, but let me have my couple of hours with the parade. Usually we have a party on New Year’s Day, but for some reason DH didn’t want to do it this year.

  9. scrappysue says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

    We tend to go out on New Year’s Eve, and have been lucky to find a venue with friends that is family friendly. Our biggest challenge is to stay awake until midnight, and then we toast in the New Year with a glass of bubbly (the adults, not the kids, LOL!).

  10. scrappysue says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

    We tend to go out on New Year’s Eve, and have been lucky to find a venue with friends that is family friendly. Our biggest challenge is to stay awake until midnight, and then we toast in the New Year with a glass of bubbly (the adults, not the kids, LOL!).

  11. debzanne says:

    So sad, but my NYE traditions have changed drastically since we’ve had kids. Now that we live in the Pacific time zone, we’ve had friends and their kids over for a playdate. We serve finger food and the kids stay up until 9pm PST to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Then everyone goes home to put the kiddos to bed.

    DH and I never were partiers, so mostly, pre-kids, we used to do fondue and board or card games until around 11:30 EST. Then we’d get ready for bed, watch the ball drop, and turn out the lights. We just wanted to be together, kind of like that song in “Holiday Inn” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPDlYUu0Z8k&feature=related

    Looking forward to logging the year and getting to know you all.

  12. debzanne says:

    So sad, but my NYE traditions have changed drastically since we’ve had kids. Now that we live in the Pacific time zone, we’ve had friends and their kids over for a playdate. We serve finger food and the kids stay up until 9pm PST to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Then everyone goes home to put the kiddos to bed.

    DH and I never were partiers, so mostly, pre-kids, we used to do fondue and board or card games until around 11:30 EST. Then we’d get ready for bed, watch the ball drop, and turn out the lights. We just wanted to be together, kind of like that song in “Holiday Inn” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPDlYUu0Z8k&feature=related

    Looking forward to logging the year and getting to know you all.

  13. gerich says:

    I love the idea of everyone writing down their predictions for the new year and sealing it away til next year! Just might do this tonight with all the family!

    We normally have a BBQ with family &/or friends and play some board games or in recent years the Wii. About 5 minutes to midnight we’ll put the TV on for the countdown, do the countdown, pop the poppers, wave the sparklers and kisses and hugs all round. Sometimes we’ll watch some of the fireworks (over Sydney) on the TV and usually head home around 1.00am. So far every year since having kids (they are 6 and 3) the kids do not fall asleep until we are almost home – thankfully they sleep in the next day and so do we! New Years day is usually spent relaxing and watching some TV – most years it is too hot to be outside!

  14. gerich says:

    I love the idea of everyone writing down their predictions for the new year and sealing it away til next year! Just might do this tonight with all the family!

    We normally have a BBQ with family &/or friends and play some board games or in recent years the Wii. About 5 minutes to midnight we’ll put the TV on for the countdown, do the countdown, pop the poppers, wave the sparklers and kisses and hugs all round. Sometimes we’ll watch some of the fireworks (over Sydney) on the TV and usually head home around 1.00am. So far every year since having kids (they are 6 and 3) the kids do not fall asleep until we are almost home – thankfully they sleep in the next day and so do we! New Years day is usually spent relaxing and watching some TV – most years it is too hot to be outside!

  15. kathy jo says:

    Our tradition… we get together at one couples house, and anyone who doesn’t live on the block stays over night. Not only do we have “traditional food”, (shrimp tray, little sandwiches, beef-o-ranchero) but on New Years day, we all get up with no alarm clock, and everyone strolls down to the kitchen for coffee and bagels. Then we sit around all day watching movies. Laughing, eating bad food and just relaxing.

  16. kathy jo says:

    Our tradition… we get together at one couples house, and anyone who doesn’t live on the block stays over night. Not only do we have “traditional food”, (shrimp tray, little sandwiches, beef-o-ranchero) but on New Years day, we all get up with no alarm clock, and everyone strolls down to the kitchen for coffee and bagels. Then we sit around all day watching movies. Laughing, eating bad food and just relaxing.

  17. zonemama says:

    It was fun to read the posts above and see what other people do.

    On New Years Day, we go to the zoo. There aren’t a lot of people there so it’s a lot easier to get to see the exhibits we want to see & to find somewhere to park! We also take down our Christmas tree and Christmas decorations this weekend.

  18. zonemama says:

    It was fun to read the posts above and see what other people do.

    On New Years Day, we go to the zoo. There aren’t a lot of people there so it’s a lot easier to get to see the exhibits we want to see & to find somewhere to park! We also take down our Christmas tree and Christmas decorations this weekend.

  19. CaroB71 says:

    What fun to read all these traditions!

    Up until a few years ago we would always fondue with our good friends, but since they moved away NYE has become a quiet family night. I love the idea of the predictions – maybe we will try that one tonight 😉

  20. CaroB71 says:

    What fun to read all these traditions!

    Up until a few years ago we would always fondue with our good friends, but since they moved away NYE has become a quiet family night. I love the idea of the predictions – maybe we will try that one tonight 😉

  21. jenna09 says:

    My family eats Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day for good luck in the coming year. I like the idea of doing predictions, though!

  22. jenna09 says:

    My family eats Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day for good luck in the coming year. I like the idea of doing predictions, though!

  23. Lainey says:

    We always have tons of appetizers and dips and hang out in front of the fire watching The Twilight Zone marathon on the Sci Fi Channel!

  24. Lainey says:

    We always have tons of appetizers and dips and hang out in front of the fire watching The Twilight Zone marathon on the Sci Fi Channel!

  25. ZoezMom says:

    New Years Eve tradition that started way back when my brother and I were at home – pizza rolls. I make them every New Years Eve, it’s really the only time we eat them. I don’t know why, but it brings me closer to him and I enjoy remembering the ol’ days at home as a kid.

    This year, I think we may start the new tradition of taking down the christmas decorations on New Years Day, it’s always a holiday from work so its’ a good day to plan that activity. Plus, it’s a great way to start the new year off fresh.

  26. ZoezMom says:

    New Years Eve tradition that started way back when my brother and I were at home – pizza rolls. I make them every New Years Eve, it’s really the only time we eat them. I don’t know why, but it brings me closer to him and I enjoy remembering the ol’ days at home as a kid.

    This year, I think we may start the new tradition of taking down the christmas decorations on New Years Day, it’s always a holiday from work so its’ a good day to plan that activity. Plus, it’s a great way to start the new year off fresh.

  27. suemoyer says:

    I always make a list of things I want to accomplish or change for the new year. I put them in our annual scrapbook. This year with my new 2010 logbook, I used the list as my cover so I will see it every day! I think this is a great idea, to have the list in front of me all the time to prompt me to remember to work on the tasks on a daily basis.

    We used to take the tree down whatever weekend was after Jan 1st. However, I like the idea of taking it down on Dec 31st in order to start the new year fresh and over again. We will be taking it down today and putting it away. Love it.

  28. suemoyer says:

    I always make a list of things I want to accomplish or change for the new year. I put them in our annual scrapbook. This year with my new 2010 logbook, I used the list as my cover so I will see it every day! I think this is a great idea, to have the list in front of me all the time to prompt me to remember to work on the tasks on a daily basis.

    We used to take the tree down whatever weekend was after Jan 1st. However, I like the idea of taking it down on Dec 31st in order to start the new year fresh and over again. We will be taking it down today and putting it away. Love it.

  29. smcpheeters says:

    We have a very odd New Years Day tradition… we do laundry. And I mean WE DO LAUNDRY!!! We hunt under beds and behind couches for every stray sock or hidden tee-shirt. As a family we spend the entire day washing all of dirty laundry, folding it, and putting it away. While we do it we play games, listen to music, and generally have a great family time together. I’m a real believer in the idea of whatever you do the first day of the year sets the tome for the rest of the year. I can’t think of a better tone to set than “clean” family time fun!

  30. smcpheeters says:

    We have a very odd New Years Day tradition… we do laundry. And I mean WE DO LAUNDRY!!! We hunt under beds and behind couches for every stray sock or hidden tee-shirt. As a family we spend the entire day washing all of dirty laundry, folding it, and putting it away. While we do it we play games, listen to music, and generally have a great family time together. I’m a real believer in the idea of whatever you do the first day of the year sets the tome for the rest of the year. I can’t think of a better tone to set than “clean” family time fun!

  31. crecia27 says:

    LOVE the laundry idea!

    On NYE we do fireworks and just spend the evening doing what the kids want. NY day we make black eyed peas to eat for luck.

  32. crecia27 says:

    LOVE the laundry idea!

    On NYE we do fireworks and just spend the evening doing what the kids want. NY day we make black eyed peas to eat for luck.

  33. Heather Prins says:

    we usually watch the fireworks at 830 pm (they do that for the families) and we always watch a funny movie afterwards. The last few years it has been Elf!

  34. Heather Prins says:

    we usually watch the fireworks at 830 pm (they do that for the families) and we always watch a funny movie afterwards. The last few years it has been Elf!

  35. nof007750 says:

    We usually go over to the same set of friends house for a dinner and hanging out. We do a kids countdown around 8 pm so the little ones get to celebrate too! We usually head home around 10 and then Luke and I spend some quiet time together to celebrate the new year.

  36. nof007750 says:

    We usually go over to the same set of friends house for a dinner and hanging out. We do a kids countdown around 8 pm so the little ones get to celebrate too! We usually head home around 10 and then Luke and I spend some quiet time together to celebrate the new year.

  37. erink88 says:

    Growing up my family and I used to watch movies, order chinese food and eat junk food all night. We would watch the ball drop and bang on pots and pans!

    Now that I have my own family…a 2 year old and a 2 month old….we are usually in bed! LOL. As my kids get older I look forward to having junk food/movie night with them too! I actually hope to scrap in the new year in my little corner of the basement.

    This is a fun question, intresting to see what everyone else does.

  38. erink88 says:

    Growing up my family and I used to watch movies, order chinese food and eat junk food all night. We would watch the ball drop and bang on pots and pans!

    Now that I have my own family…a 2 year old and a 2 month old….we are usually in bed! LOL. As my kids get older I look forward to having junk food/movie night with them too! I actually hope to scrap in the new year in my little corner of the basement.

    This is a fun question, intresting to see what everyone else does.

  39. dadon says:

    Now that we are empty nesters out biggest challenge on New Years Eve to stay up until midnight. We do like to stay in on that night but seem to have heavy eye lids by 10:00 pm,,,,,,,

  40. dadon says:

    Now that we are empty nesters out biggest challenge on New Years Eve to stay up until midnight. We do like to stay in on that night but seem to have heavy eye lids by 10:00 pm,,,,,,,

  41. winkasheart says:

    I am going to try and start a new tradition for myself this year since I am in a new place. They do fireworks here, so if I get done working in time and can find out where to go, I may do that and continue doing that each new years eve. And I think I will write down a list of things I want to do and look forward to this coming year. I also love the idea of writing predictins down and putting them in an envelop to read the next new years eve.

  42. winkasheart says:

    I am going to try and start a new tradition for myself this year since I am in a new place. They do fireworks here, so if I get done working in time and can find out where to go, I may do that and continue doing that each new years eve. And I think I will write down a list of things I want to do and look forward to this coming year. I also love the idea of writing predictins down and putting them in an envelop to read the next new years eve.

  43. grannymike says:

    I don’t have any traditions at this time, but I really like your suggestion about writing down predictions for the coming year. I can see how that would be a lot of fun. Thanks for the suggestion.

  44. grannymike says:

    I don’t have any traditions at this time, but I really like your suggestion about writing down predictions for the coming year. I can see how that would be a lot of fun. Thanks for the suggestion.

  45. paperprincess says:

    We LOVE to go bowling on New Year’s Day! We’ve missed a few here and there, but I still consider it a New Year’s tradition. Like many families we tend to eat lots of goodies from Thanksgiving to New Years and it’s nice to do something that gets the blood pumping!

    Happy New Year everyone!

  46. paperprincess says:

    We LOVE to go bowling on New Year’s Day! We’ve missed a few here and there, but I still consider it a New Year’s tradition. Like many families we tend to eat lots of goodies from Thanksgiving to New Years and it’s nice to do something that gets the blood pumping!

    Happy New Year everyone!

  47. shamrock says:

    My husband and I make fondue after the boys go to bed for a late dinner.

  48. shamrock says:

    My husband and I make fondue after the boys go to bed for a late dinner.

  49. jsilman says:

    We always ring in the new year with our group of friends. The kids have fun playing and staying up too late and the parents all enjoy spending the time together

  50. jsilman says:

    We always ring in the new year with our group of friends. The kids have fun playing and staying up too late and the parents all enjoy spending the time together

  51. sheilah says:

    The last few years we’ve had our own family celebration – the children plan the party. They pick out treats, games & a movie. We’ve created some wonderful memories together because we were ‘stuck’ home with small kids.

  52. sheilah says:

    The last few years we’ve had our own family celebration – the children plan the party. They pick out treats, games & a movie. We’ve created some wonderful memories together because we were ‘stuck’ home with small kids.

  53. Ravenwood1950 says:

    We have an old family tradtion that no one does laundry on New Year’s Day. It considered bad luck and if you do laundry then there will be a lot of sickness in the coming year…whether it is true or just an old wives tale why take chances…lol.
    We also usually have black eyed peas and collards on New Years and put a dime in the peas. Who ever finds the dime in their serving is supposed to have all the money during the coming year.
    Darlene

  54. Ravenwood1950 says:

    We have an old family tradtion that no one does laundry on New Year’s Day. It considered bad luck and if you do laundry then there will be a lot of sickness in the coming year…whether it is true or just an old wives tale why take chances…lol.
    We also usually have black eyed peas and collards on New Years and put a dime in the peas. Who ever finds the dime in their serving is supposed to have all the money during the coming year.
    Darlene

  55. Ida says:

    Just simple celebration in Malaysia but a lot of firework.
    We sitting by the lake with some chips and soda while watching fireworks….
    You have a great ideas Kristin, might start writing like yours! tfs

  56. Ida says:

    Just simple celebration in Malaysia but a lot of firework.
    We sitting by the lake with some chips and soda while watching fireworks….
    You have a great ideas Kristin, might start writing like yours! tfs

  57. Dianne says:

    Well, things are different for us this year than they ever have been before. We used to always spend New Year’s Eve together as a family, but this year all three of my teenagers are spending the night at friends houses! So, it’s me, my husband and our 2 year old. Normally, we spend the night together as a family, we flip through and watch all of the different New Year’s Eve shows on TV and eat tons of food. I always make the same thing: cheese ball w/ crackers, relish tray with pickles and olives, fruit, and some bubbly. Sometimes we have other things as well, but we ALWAYS have those things I listed. We are all a bunch of night owls, so we are usually all up well past 1 a.m. or so. We always have lots of fun spending this night together as a family! I have great memories of New Year’s Eve doing the same thing w/ my parents, too! :-)

  58. Dianne says:

    Well, things are different for us this year than they ever have been before. We used to always spend New Year’s Eve together as a family, but this year all three of my teenagers are spending the night at friends houses! So, it’s me, my husband and our 2 year old. Normally, we spend the night together as a family, we flip through and watch all of the different New Year’s Eve shows on TV and eat tons of food. I always make the same thing: cheese ball w/ crackers, relish tray with pickles and olives, fruit, and some bubbly. Sometimes we have other things as well, but we ALWAYS have those things I listed. We are all a bunch of night owls, so we are usually all up well past 1 a.m. or so. We always have lots of fun spending this night together as a family! I have great memories of New Year’s Eve doing the same thing w/ my parents, too! :-)

  59. terry says:

    Since I have to work every New Years Day we really don’t go out on New Years Eve. We usually watch movies, the ball drop and hit the sack right after midnight. I’m getting too old to stay up late!!

  60. terry says:

    Since I have to work every New Years Day we really don’t go out on New Years Eve. We usually watch movies, the ball drop and hit the sack right after midnight. I’m getting too old to stay up late!!

  61. nannette13 says:

    We haven’t been able to stay up to watch the ball drop in years! We usually open the champagne and toast and drink to the old year and the new year, then retire early to get up to watch the Rose parade. My favorite!

  62. nannette13 says:

    We haven’t been able to stay up to watch the ball drop in years! We usually open the champagne and toast and drink to the old year and the new year, then retire early to get up to watch the Rose parade. My favorite!

  63. conniemiles says:

    My tradition on New Year Eve – I wait until everyone goes to bed (which is only my husband now that our 4 children are grown, married, with children of their own) and then I sit and reminisce about the year – what has happened, what I WISH had happened – and then I take pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and record my wishes for the new year, which always includes healthy and wealthy wishes for myself and my family.

  64. conniemiles says:

    My tradition on New Year Eve – I wait until everyone goes to bed (which is only my husband now that our 4 children are grown, married, with children of their own) and then I sit and reminisce about the year – what has happened, what I WISH had happened – and then I take pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and record my wishes for the new year, which always includes healthy and wealthy wishes for myself and my family.

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