forming new family traditions

January 3, 2014 at 11:06 pm 7 comments

I had a feeling I’d told you about our New Years Day walk tradition before.
”Each New Year starts the same:  with an afternoon walk on Crickley Hill” I wrote this time 3 years ago.  Ironic that it proved to be the last time we took a walk there – subsequent walks thwarted by most of our friends moving away and pregnancy 2 years running.  Last year we opted for the closer location of Painswick Beacon for our first New Years Day walk with E. 1-1-13 - Painswick Beacon walk - E on Daddy's back 4B
An attempt to reignite the Crickley Hill walk tradition on Wednesday with a new bunch of friends was thwarted by lashing rain and howling winds.  We didn’t even make it out to the local park for a walk.  Instead I thought about other traditions we might create with E over the coming years.
This is a beautifully simple idea that appeals to my sense of cherishing the little things and taking a moment each day to be thankful.
(not my jar pictured – image and idea from

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Everlovin' Dad  |  January 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    OK let us make a start.
    Today, how are you all ?

  • 2. Merci  |  January 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    That’s a lovely idea, Nic! xx

  • 3. Jasmin  |  January 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Nic. Amazing. I am doing exactly this too. It’s easier than a diary and at the end of each day I remember little moments to treasure! Great minds… 🙂 x

  • 4. maureen  |  January 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    lovely Nic, we have started one in our office x

  • 5. nic@nipitinthebud  |  January 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Dad – days in January so far, great, great, great

    Merci – I used to do a regular 5 things to be grateful for at bedtime and then E came along and it went out the window (not because he stopped me doing it but because being grateful for other things was part of my tactic for filling the hole made by struggling to become a Mum).

    Jasmin – brilliant, we’ll compare notes as time goes on :o) you have double the inspiration with your beautiful girls x

    Maureen – wow, a work gratitude jar, that’s ace. I’d love to work in your office!

  • 6. singing in the rain | Nip it in the bud  |  January 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    […] be grumpy if I go out/I’ll be grumpy if I stay in” conversation. So off we went to walk the walk that should have been on New Years Day. We saw lots of bedraggled dog walkers and even another family with a toddler. E had a fabulous […]

  • 7. never too late to start | Nip it in the bud  |  February 10, 2017 at 11:53 am

    […] years ago I wrote about a lovely New Year tradition of popping a daily gratitude note in a jar.  E was just turning 2 and I started with such […]


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