Here's the premise... To schedule (as much as we hate the sound of it, it's almost necessary in today's world) time with the ones we love. She has three sisters that live in three different states, so time is precious. Because of the distance between each of them, they're especially careful to schedule in time for all of the cousins—nine so far—to spend time with one another. She happened to plan hers right after Thanksgiving, but you could certainly plan a post-holiday fete in January.
- Get creative with the invitations. "Let's spend some time together..." Grab your calendar and head on over to our/my place. (Set date, time and particulars.)
- Let them know that you plan on picking dates for family visits, etc.. My friend's list included potential dates for Cousin's Camp—an adorable idea implemented years ago for all of the cousins to spend up to a week going on day trips and just having fun. One of her sisters takes lots of photos and puts together a keepsake photo book for everyone each year.
- Have pretty pens, stickers, and party favors (and a few extra calendars just in case).
- Prepare (or purchase) nibbles and snacks. Her menu included: Tea, cucumber sandwiches, scones and jam, banana bread, rainbow fruit kabobs, mozzarella/tomato/basic skewers, and sparkling cider to toast the new year.
- What are/were you grateful for in 2014?
- What are you looking forward to in 2015?
- What is one of your favorite traditions?
- What is your favorite simple pleasures?
- What is one of your biggest challenges?
- What is one small you can take to point you in the right direction?
If you're looking for a new tradition, this might be it!