One evening our discussion became so emotionally charged that one of my daughters had a complete meltdown over when Santa should really come and visit our home. We've obviously created some pretty strong family traditions when it comes to Christmas. It might be difficult to let go of some of our past traditions, but we realize that under the circumstances, we have to be sensitive to the holidays and traditions that Albina, Alina and Maks feel strongly about.
Since New Years is one of the bigger holidays in the part of Ukraine where Albina, Alina and Maks live, we realize that we need to incorporate it more into our family holidays (up to this point it's basically been a "throw away" holiday). Over the next while we'll figure out the details a little better, but for this year we incorporated one new tradition for New Years (thanks to my cousin who directed me to this website).
A few days before New Years Eve I asked for each member of our family to write down 5 favorite memories from 2012. Then, on the night before New Years Eve, James and I took all the decorations off the Christmas tree and added a few of our own:
We kept it simple. I printed off the memories and put one memory in each balloon. Then at midnight on New Years Eve we popped open our balloons and read our memories out loud. Guster got a little crazy with all the popping (he popped a few balloons with his teeth)... but otherwise it was an awesome way to end the year.
Here are a few of our favorite memories from 2012:
2012 has proven to be a VERY eventful year for our family. Last year at this time, we certainly didn't anticipate such adventure ahead! But as amazing as 2012 has been, I truly believe that 2013 will be our best and most exciting year ever!
I can't wait to pop open the memory balloons next New Years Eve!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR AMAZING YEAR!!!