If you have children, you've most likely traded formal wear for pyjamas on New Year's Eve --- with no regrets. A cosy evening with the family is a special way to spend the last day of the year. As the clock ticks toward midnight, play high-spirited games that reinforce the importance of family and Christian values.
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Christmas Card Towers
Gather the Christmas cards your family received this year, and use them to make a Christmas card tower. See who can build the tallest tower. Work individually, in pairs or as a whole family. Record the tallest height so you can try to beat it next New Year's Eve.
Spirited Balloon Toss
Fill a few silver and gold balloons with confetti and bits of curled ribbon. Blow up the balloons and throw them in the air. Tell kids the balloons are like our spirits. We have to have high spirits for the New Year. Try not to let any balloons touch the ground. If a balloon does touch the ground, the person standing closest to it must have the balloon popped over his head, receiving a hair-full of confetti.
Use a clock that ticks loudly for this game. Hide the clock somewhere in the room and let kids search for it. If the clock has an alarm, set it for two or three minutes, and challenge kids to locate it before the alarm goes off. You can also play this game with a cell phone, but there won't be any ticking to follow. Use this as an opportunity to talk to kids about spending time wisely.
In a dark room, have two people point flashlights toward each other, forming a single beam of light. Everyone else must limbo under the beam. Anyone caught in the light is out. Keep lowering the beam until the game is challenging for even the smallest kids. Talk about your understanding of light as it relates to your Christian beliefs.
Letters to Yourself
Give each family member a piece of paper and an envelope. Write letters to yourself that you will open one year from now on the next New Year's Eve. Write down some goals that you hope to accomplish, things you want to learn or events you're looking forward to. You can even ask your future self questions. Decorate a bag together and put all the envelopes in it. Fold the top of the bag down, staple it shut and store it with the Christmas supplies.
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