It’s been a different kind of year, to say the least. You’ve changed, adapted, adjusted, and dealt with disappointments, uncertainties and the unexpected. But you made it. And as a family, you made it together. Here are 20 fun ways to end 2020 on a high note with your family.
These ways will help you connect with your family and remember what’s most important.
- Give to essential workers—thank you notes, gift cards, prepackaged treats, coffee, etc.
- Build and play a music playlist with songs each family member has listened to most in 2020.
- Family Karaoke with songs from 2020.
- Practice your 20-20 vision by naming what you’re most thankful for in 2020.
- Learn a new game the family can play together in 2021. Teach it to others and create a new tradition.
- See how many family and friends you can get on to one video call. Have a simple encouraging message that your family can share with everyone who gets on the video.
- Get hot cocoa and go on a holiday lights tour in your car.
- Write letters to family members. Include family updates, pictures, highlights of the year.
- Read a book together as a family.
- Create and write a family story together.
- Build a fort and camp out in the living room. Each family member chooses a TV show or movie, and the family watches it together.
- Make s’mores in the kitchen using a microwave, stove, or oven and share funny memories from 2020. (No burns! Be careful!)
- Cook a favorite family meal. All hands on deck to prepare the meal.
- Look online and create a special family meal together: buy the ingredients, make plans, cook it together and of course, eat together.
- List what you’ve learned about yourself or your family from A-Z. A: We’re Appreciative of each other. B: We’re Bad at Board Games. C: Cook good meals, etc.
- Have a family awards ceremony. For example: Best Attitude, Loudest Snorer, Longest Shower, Most Adaptable, Best Hand-Washer, Best Sharer, Most Improved Attitude, Most Improved Cook, Best Helper, and come up with your own categories!
- Cardboard Race Cars—build a race car out of cardboard and race around your home.
- Build a maze or tunnels through your home out of cardboard.
- Use cardboard to build forts and have a family fun time: paper battles, Nerf gun battles, pillow battles, blow-dart battles using straws and Q-tips, etc.
- Create your own New Year’s Eve Party. Make your own ball drop, streamers, and countdown clock. With younger children, you don’t have to wait until midnight to watch the ball drop.
Make a large sign wishing neighbors a Happy New Year. You can drive through your neighborhood honking your horn so neighbors will look out and see the sign. Post on family social media accounts. Include an encouraging message to lift their spirits.
The circumstances aren’t what we remember most as a family most. It’s how we deal with the circumstances that color how we remember events. Instead of focusing on what you didn’t have or get to do during this challenging year, help your family recognize how you grew and are better for it.