Pinheads Revisited – Annual Time Capsule

A couple of years ago, our family started this tradition where we open the family memory jar on New Year’s Eve. It has become a tradition that we all look forward to, and it’s a great way to look back on the good things that happened (especially when some years may be mixed with sadness).

All year long, I squirrel things away into the jar, and then at the end of dinner on December 31st, we open the jar together.



I fill it with programs and tickets, and little notes about funny things people said or did. We have lots of laughs about the memories, and it’s a real family bonding moment. Happy New Year, everyone.


Photo of Edison onstage with a grand piano, Train tix to NYC for School of Rock auditions, Shrek tix, Programs from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, Bye Bye Birdie and Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Beauty and the Beast, Summer Cabaret at The Players Club, Circus of the Kids, Backstage pass for Spamalot, Taylor Swift tix, Running bibs from Girls on the Run 5K, Tix to London football match, Kindness Elf name tag, National Aquarium tix, Disney on Ice tix (with notes about how I spilled an ENTIRE 32-oz soda at the arena), program from Edison’s Confirmation and the summer recital (it ran MORE THAN THREE HOURS this year), blue Post-It recounting a bike-lane altercation Manfrengensen had at the beach, Clooney’s basketball schedule, Invitation to 6th Grade Cotillion, Specially selected prime numbered seat at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on the West End, entitling Edison to a souvenir from the show. For all its faults, we did have good times in 2015.