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Time Capsules – A New Year’s Eve Tradition

by Rebecca Eanes


Step Four:

Place your favorite photos from the year into the capsule. Be sure to include photos from special events like birthdays and vacations along with photos of your child with her friends, grandparents, and other special people in their life, including you!

Step Five:

On a sheet of paper, have your child record his favorite memories of the year and other information about himself. Ideas include favorite movie of the year, best friend’s name, favorite book, something new learned this year, and a goal for the new year. There are lots of printables available online as well. Simply search for “time capsule printables.”


Step Six:

Place souvenirs, trinkets, newspaper clippings, charms, or anything else that commemorates the passing year into the box and seal it.

Step Seven:

Store or bury your time capsule until next New Year’s Eve.

Each year on New Year’s Eve, after you make your new time capsule, get last year’s capsule and open it. See how much bigger your child’s hands and feet are. How much have they grown in a year? Have their favorites changed? I bet you and your child will be amazed at how much difference a year makes.

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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