A New Year’s Eve Tradition for the Whole Family

I am a huge fan of the holiday season, and I get really sad when it’s time to take down the decorations and turn off the Christmas music. New Year’s Eve is the last  big hurrah of the season, but it’s often difficult to find ways to celebrate the holiday with the whole family. Today I’m excited to introduce you to an awesome book and gift set which gives you a new tradition to help your family make New Year’s Eve into it’s own fun holiday!

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I have fond memories of movie marathons and snack foods as we counted down to the New Year as kids, and in recent years I have started keeping a memories jar for the year, which we read from on New Years Day. All of these traditions were fun and memorable, but i was so excited to be introduced to Oh! New Year’s Tree.

Starting a New Tradition

The Oh! New Year’s Tree gift set includes a beautiful story book by Angela Sartori and illustrated by Alexandra Ball, which introduces you to Mack and Mae. The adorable brother and sister duo are sad when the Christmas holiday is over, so they decide to surprise their parents by redecorating their Christmas tree and turning it into a New Year’s Tree! In addition to the streamers and party hat that now adorn their tree, they also fill a special ornament with their wishes for the new year. The rhyming text and colorful illustrations make this a fun book to read aloud. Kids will recognize the sadness that Mack and Mae feel about the holiday season ending, which makes it even more fun for them to bring the rest of the story to life in their own house!

 

Creating Your Own New Year’s Tree

These fun characters and their festive creation were born from a tradition that the author started with her daughters years before the book was published. When her daughter mentioned that she didn’t realize everyone didn’t decorate a New Year’s tree, Angela Sartori decided to create a kit that would allow everyone to join in their fun!

The Oh! New Year’s Tree gift set includes everything you need to recreate the story with your own family, including streamers and a hat for your tree, as well as hats for you and a special ornament to hold your wishes. The ornament opens easily and the metal material ensures that my toddler can’t hurt it when she hangs it on the tree (which she has been enjoying!). The flame resistant streamers and the foldable party hats are easy to use, so all ages can be a part of the fun.

Reflecting as a Family

I love that this kit not only gives kids a fun tradition of redecorating the tree and making something new, but it also encourages them to take a look back at the past year, and forward to the year ahead. It will be so much fun to reread our wishes from the previous year as we add new ones to the ornament. It’s also a great way to teach kids about reflecting on the past, and looking to the future.

Check out the Oh! New Year’s Tree website to sign up for their email list. Future plans include offering refill kits for your New Year’s Tree set, as well as more adventures for Mack and Mae!

Does your family celebrate New Year’s Eve with any fun traditions? Share in the comments below!

22 Comments

  • Angela Lanter

    December 4, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I’m always sad to take my trees down so what a fun way to keep it going!

    • Vicki

      December 4, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

      Me too! I love the idea of making it new again!

  • Kiarna Jayne

    December 4, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

    This is a really nice idea! Having a new years tree is definitely a tradition we would enjoy and get into! It also keeps the festive feeling going for just that little bit longer!

    • Vicki

      December 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply

      I love the idea of extending the season and giving us something more to look forward to!

  • Megan

    December 5, 2017 at 5:38 am Reply

    Awww this is super cute – though I think my mum would go mad if I suggested keeping a tree up beyond the first week in January!

    • Vicki

      December 5, 2017 at 2:25 pm Reply

      Haha, my mom likes to take theirs down on New Year’s day, so I understand that! The nice part about this is that you only have to keep it up until then!

  • Emily

    December 5, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

    This is such a cool idea!! I love it and it definitely helps with the post holiday blues!

    • Vicki

      December 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm Reply

      It does! I like the idea of extending the season just a little bit longer!

  • Amanda Kanashiro

    December 5, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

    I can remember begging my mom to leave the tree up and decorate it for whatever holiday was coming up!

    • Vicki

      December 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm Reply

      That’s so funny! I would love to redecorate the tree every holiday!

  • Shelah

    December 5, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply

    What a wonderful idea! The book sounds sweet and I love how it encourages children to start their own New Year’s tradition.

    • Vicki

      December 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply

      I do too! I love that it ties in making wishes for the year ahead and reviewing the year that passed.

  • Katherine

    December 5, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply

    What a sweet idea! The New Year is always the perfect time to start something new!

    • Vicki

      December 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

      It’s such a fun way to kick off the new year!

  • Sharon Glascoe

    December 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply

    What a unique and fun way to bring in the New Year. It’s also a great bonding experience for kids & parents.

    • Vicki

      December 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

      It is! I love that it will help us to create memories for years to come!

  • Marie, Mamma's Cooking

    December 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

    What a really nice idea! I also like the memory jar. Such a great way to enter the new year by spending time together and reflecting!

    • Vicki

      December 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm Reply

      It is! I love looking back together at the year that has passed and looking forward to the year to come!

  • Jen E.

    December 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Oh, this is so fun, I’ve never seen anything like this before. What a great idea of getting the kids excited for the new year, this is a great time for them to set goals especially since they’re going into the second half of the school year.

    • Vicki

      December 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      I agree! I love that you can find the wishes you made from last year too and see if they came true.

  • Jessica

    December 6, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply

    This is such a fun idea to celebrate the new year! Plus it is a tradition that would help spending time and bonding with your family!

    • Vicki

      December 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Exactly! I love that it encourages the family to look to the New year together!

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