By: Natasha Archary
As we prepare to end 2020 with a mid-pandemic bang, perhaps it is worth taking a look at the typical New Year’s Eve celebrations that we are all accustomed to. With amendments to the restrictions and an earlier curfew, it means being out in public as the clock strikes midnight will not be possible this year.
New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated on the calendar throughout the world and many use the night to reflect on the year that has been. Some may use the hours before the clock strikes midnight to jot down New Year’s Resolutions. These usually never last past the month of January, so why not start something that’s easier to maintain? New Year traditions which you may pass onto your family.
Write letters to each family member, addressing the issues you may have had this year. Look to the year ahead holding yourself accountable to change the areas within yourself that you fell short on. Collect all the letters and put them into a decorative box, together with memorabilia from the year.
Eg. a favourite item of clothing from your children, tickets to a family trip etc.
Once done, find a safe place to store the time capsule, out of reach until New Years Eve 2021. This is when you all sit down and go through the memories of the previous year and continue the tradition every New Year’s Eve.
Most children under the age of 12 are likely tucked away in bed before the clock strikes midnight. Children love being snuggled and read to before bed and it builds such a strong bond and gives an opportunity for you to have a quiet conversation connecting. Choose a feel good story that will leave your children feeling fuzzy. Of course, you should read to your child regularly but making it known that this story time is special or that the story is, gives them something to hold onto.
This year has tested us all. Pent up anger, frustration, regret and disappointment, hurt and loss often dampens the New Year’s Eve celebrations. This is especially true with families who have experienced something life altering – a death in the family, divorce, job loss etc – which is understandable.
One should reach a level of understanding that these are all out of our control and therefore this should not consume you. It is important to let it all go. Light a candle at midnight and calm your thoughts as you watch the flame flicker in the dark.
Get your family involved in creating a colourful picture collage of the year that was. Print all your favourite pictures of homeschooling during lockdown, virtual family gatherings, (we know you have screenshots), a huge group picture with everyone and their masks, and pin them onto a memory board/picture frame/cardboard.
This work of art can then be hung up to reminisce at your leisure. This year needs to be remembered, if for nothing else but that you survived it.
Get everyone involved in putting together a movie night. Blankets, pillows, fairy lights, popcorn and a good family movie while snuggling up on the couch or in bed together, is a good way to reign in the New Year. Give each family member a choice of movie and it could be a movie binge night that is one for the record books.
However you’re spending this New Year’s Eve, we hope it is everything you wish for and all that you deserve. Kaya 959 wishes you a Happy New Year filled with good fortune and prosperity.