I have really been on this kick of traditions lately and I realized that we did not have a family tradition for New Years. Of course we had a tradition of eating certain food for luck, but nothing as a family. At first I was thinking we could just stay up late and play board games and watch the ball drop....but that is too simple. I wanted something interesting, captivating, and that could stand the test of time. Scrapbooking? But I am so not into that. I really am not. I cringed at the thought of it but was going to push through because it would be something we could look back at for years to come. Something we could do every year as a family with pictures and things we had done throughout the year. Then as Mr. FPL and I were talking about purchasing a new camera (because I was going to print off pictures for our scrap book) and the video camera we just purchased right before baby girl was born (because he was under the assumption it could take good pictures) a big light bulb went off in my head. We could make a time capsule. But it couldn't be the normal bury in your backyard time capsule because we are military and move every three years. There is no telling where we will be in 20 years. This will have to be a DIGITAL TIME CAPSULE.
Now stay with me on this. I'm still figuring this all out myself. This will be the first year we do this so I'm sure there is some tweaking. We plan on creating our own Youtube Channel (private of course). We have asked the kids to start writing down all of the things they would like to share about the year 2012. We plan on "interviewing" each person in our family for 10 minutes. Doesn't sound like a lot, but 10 minutes is a long time. We told the kids they can show off toys, pictures, or act out a skit or something that happened this year. The kids have been busy writing down a bunch of stuff. I can't wait to see what they have to share. So sometime tonight after dinner we will break out the video camera and interview each person. It can be in private or not. We will then upload the video to our "time capsule" channel with 2012 as the title. We will also save it in an alternate location. We will do this every year on New Years Eve and look back at the previous years to see how much things have changed. I think it will be interesting to watch the kids grow and see how much their interest in toys and stuff change. I'm sure we will improve our process as we do this each year. I'm really excited to implement another tradition with our little family! How exciting!!!
In 100 when I'm dead and gone, my grand kids will look back at their silly grandparents and hopefully continue this tradition.