A List Maker's Life: Looking Forward to Looking Back

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Looking Forward to Looking Back

Over the last few years I have been gathering family tradition ideas, teaching them to others, and enjoying them with my family. Kevin and I have both planned for our New Year's Eve activity. It is a tradition we most look forward to.

We gather old magazines, pictures, stickers, and newspaper articles for some cutting and pasting. Each of us collect all of the items that remind us of the past year. We share the pictures with each other and relive the year's top stories. The main focus is our family news and notes. But, we do include politics, prices, world events, and pop culture. All of the cut-outs are compiled into a "Year in Review" collage.
For the back of our collage we each brainstorm and list a Hope, a Wish, and a Dream for the new year.

The past year's collages are laminated and have become our placemats for our New Year's Eve dessert. For dessert we make homemade hot cocoa. Each year we have tried a different recipe, which adds to the cocoa fun. Cocoa is accompanied by a "Charming Cake." Every piece of cake has a small silver charm hidden inside. When the cake is served we dig for our charm and read aloud our corresponding wish or fortune for the new year. As a personalized twist, we have written our own fortunes to go with each charm depending on the shape or design.

It will be exciting to see how the '08 review comes together!


  1. Hi Katie,

    I just found your blog yesterday from your Facebook page. I love it, I wish I had known about it sooner!

    The collage idea is great... I think I will try it with my family tomorrow.

    See you next week!
    Deb Pierce

  2. Hi Deb!
    I am glad you found us. Is Jacob enjoying his vacation? Gavin was just mentioning him tonight:)
    Let me know how the collage works with your kiddos...we sure have fun with it.
    Happy New Year!

  3. The collage is such a good idea! I wish I had saved things throughout the year to put on one.
    Maybe we'll try it anyways and just draw pictures. :)
    Have a Happy New Year!!!

  4. Another great idea! I love that you laminated the past years and are able to enjoy them as the brand new year arrives. Do you save items all year long or do you just dig through magazines and newspapers you currently have?

    Happy New Year!

    ~The Schweri's :)

  5. We just use our most recent newspapers and magazines. It would be a good idea I guess to save through out the year, but that would take away the fun of cutting pix and interpreting how we each think the pictures fit the year's stories. (I do add one small picture of each child though.)


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