Family Traditions - New Years

When my brothers and I were all married, It didn't take very long to realize that Christmas was going to be different. With in-laws and alternating homes to celebrate, there would be some years where our "family" would never be together. Not all of us.

So my parents came up with a great tradition. Thanksgiving and Christmas were both holidays where every other year my brothers and their families were at their in-laws. 

So... my parents claimed New Years.

It was perfect. No one had claim on that holiday. Everyone was available. So it was set. Regardless of where any of us spend any other holiday of the year, we ALL spend a week together over New Years. My parents talk to all of us and then choose a destination. 

It is one of the best traditions our family has adopted, and it has been a great example to me of the need to adapt traditions as families grow and change. (Adaptation is a post for another day). My husband and I plan to carry the tradition on with our children. 

That is were we find ourselves now. We weren't all together for Christmas, but two days ago we all met in La Jolla, California. One of our favorite places in the whole world. It is where my brothers and I grew up and now that no one still lives here, not even my parents, we love coming back.

We are staying at a place called the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. I will tell you all about it next week because it is a wonderful place for families (pictures included).

Until then, it is time to get back to our family "tradition". The one that lets me relax, catch up with my brothers, and play on the beach with my family. ALL of them. Immediate and Extended. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday Season. I have felt so much gratitude this last year for all your comments and support and the wonderful new friends that have been made.

May you ring in the New Year surrounded by those you love. 


P.S. I made it a point this "season" to step away from technology and fully enjoy the family. 

Family Volley will return to it's regularly scheduled program once we are through the New Year. 


  1. We let the kids stay up until the ball drops, they go outside and blow party horns and we have non-alcoholic pina coladas. This is a tradition that my mom started when I was a kid and my husband and I have continued the tradition for the 12 years we've been married. Have a Happy New Year!

  2. What a great idea fo your and your family! I love it! :) We just stayed in for NYE and my husband, Mia and Manuel were asleep by 9:30pm! :)

    I can't wait to see you pics!

    Take care! :)

  3. What a great idea, I think I will suggest it to one of our families. I am getting so stressed trying to balance both sides of the family plus try to start our own little traditions. It's getting to the point that I'm not even enjoying Christmas anymore because I'm so worried about others.

  4. lovely post... am stopping by from SITS. I usually spend my holidays traveling back and forth to my parents...its usually quite a busy week. So when I return home I am generally looking forward to some quiet time to myself. This new years I tidied my way into 2011 -- and enjoyed every peaceful moment. Happy New Year!

  5. Wow, what a great idea, I love it! I also love La Jolla. We stay in Newport for a week every summer and love to drive down to La Jolla. Have some good memories there:).

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