This Thankgiving, I started a new tradition that will be done on Thankgiving and New Years eve every year.
I decided that it would be so special to keep a record of what we were thankful for each year and what our goals were for the year ahead. So, because I used to be a scrapbooker in my former, pre-homeschooling/bookwriting days, I went to Michaels (forgive me all you CM consultants) and purchased a large Scrapbook. I spent some time to make a creative page for the Thankgiving thankfulness cards. Then, on Thankgiving (actually, the day after because I forgot about it in the midst of all the cooking, etc.) I gave each member of my family a small card to write out the things for which they were thankful that year (or in general, but mostly for that year). Then, we took turns reading our cards. I then pasted each card onto the Thankgiving 2007 page in the scrapbook.
For the Goals page, I put our Christmas card as the decor. On New Years, we'll all sit together and record our goals for the New Year. I have asked them to begin thinking and praying about them. I may put an envelope on the page and just insert them inside, I'm not sure.
I think it will be a huge blessing to look back over the years at what was in our hearts at the end of each year. I know it would be neat to see what they thought (or I thought) three years ago. So, I'm sure it will turn out to be a really blessed tradition for the kids.
Traditions really help build family cohesion and unity. If you have any great traditions, please post them on the comment section! (My comments take a little time to post, so don't panic if you don't see it right away.)