Make a New Year Wishing Star

Family new year activity.  Build a family star of wishes for the year.

This year we aren’t making resolutions. They never stick anyway. Even that one year I resolved to get a pedicure at least once a month. I couldn’t even keep that one! So we are trying out something new this year, a family new year wishing star.

This was a sweet, thoughtful and fun activity where the girls got to cut, write and think about what they wanted for themselves and our family over the next year.

Family new year activity.  Build a family star of wishes for the year.
Family new year activity.  Build a family star of wishes for the year.

To make our wishing star, we first cut out a lot of stars in many sizes and shapes.

After our stars were cut out, we started talking about and writing down our family wishes for the next year.

I was amazed at some of the deeper sentiments Maisy at 5 and a half had.  Respect, learn more, love, kindness and friends were among her wishes.  I asked what her most meaningful wish was for next year and she said, “Hope”. I asked her why and she said, “So we can be stronger.” I asked what she meant by stronger and why we needed to be stronger. She answered, “Because you can’t ever really climb a tree and I’m not strong enough to climb a tree and Maren can’t either.  But dad can because he’s awesome at that.” 

"Peace, love and respect" and "Hope"

"Peace, love and respect" and "Hope"

Go to Disneyland.

Go to Disneyland.

Maren had some funnier wishes like play dates with Santa and more gum.  Todd and I wished for adventure, mindfulness, health and getting outside more. One of my favorite personal wishes for next year is learning to say “no” more often (I over commit!). We have a nice little collection going.

"More gum" and "Play with Mommy, Daddy and Maisy"

"More gum" and "Play with Mommy, Daddy and Maisy"

"Health", "Practice mindfulness", "Be present", "friends", "See more family"

"Health", "Practice mindfulness", "Be present", "friends", "See more family"

Family new year activity.  Build a family star of wishes for the year.
Family new year activity.  Build a family star of wishes for the year.

Next we moved to our stairwell, where we decided to build our wishing star.  I made a tape outline of a star and we all took turns reading our wishes and taping our little stars in the bigger one. Maisy made a little envelope to stick on the wall that holds blank wishing stars that we can write on and add when we have a new wish.  

Taped outline with a few wishes.

Taped outline with a few wishes.

Our new wish envelope.

Our new wish envelope.

Adding our wishes to the new year wishing star.

Adding our wishes to the new year wishing star.

Sisters working together to add their wishes.

Sisters working together to add their wishes.

Family new year activity.  Build a family star of wishes for the year.

I love our new stairwell living art project. Hopefully it will keep us mindful as we start a fresh new year. Do you have a special way you and your family re-center at the beginning of the year? Please share in comments. As always, thanks for reading.

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.