Family traditions are important to keep the family members connected and they create positive memories for the children. When I grew up, as a family tradition, we used to gather in the countryside to see our grandmother and stay there in the summertime. We had to go to the church and listen biblical stories and sing songs, always make an apple cake with biscuits and fight a lot (as cousins). Over the years, we maintained same routine, almost like a law for us, and it was the one thing we expected the most the whole year. I can’t remember anything else to make me smile as much now, as a grown up.
For Arianna it would be impossible to have same privilege, as we live in different country than her grandparents, but her cousins live just down the road and me and my sister-in-law are trying to build a strong connection in between them and teach them the importance of family.
This year we decided to start a new family tradition, to make a time capsule every 2 years, long enough to look forward to it, but not too distant in time, as the kids will lose interest. We also wanted for them to enjoy this adventure as much as possible.
Time capsules are fun, can be made on any occasion, more informal or more formal, can be done with as many people as you want, and can include anything. You can buy a special metal time capsule, use a tin or even a cardboard box, anything will do, just need to think carefully where you will deposit the container this whole time. Based on where you will keep it, you can decide what type of container to use.
We used a second hand metal first aid box that my husband found at a car booth, that was in pretty great shape, large enough for what I wanted to place in it. It also had a lock with 2 sets of keys, which were a huge plus.
Initially I thought of burying it in the garden, but as Arianna and her cousin, Mario, are too young, we decided to leave that for the years to come, andsticking to locking the box in the attic, so no further protection measures were taken for the container itself.
I designed a nice logo for the box indicating the year and an acronym I loved so much: F.A.M.ily Time Capsule (Florentina, Arianna, Mario – cousins). I printed it, laminating it and glued it on top of the box. The capsule itself can be decorated in any way or not at all. Your time capsule, your rules.
Due to difference of age and understanding of what’s happening, we decided to create a basic questionnaire and leave free hand to go wild in decorating it and filling it. We made it as a booklet, used colourful paper, stickers and got creative. Moms got involved, but this was just our first time capsule, kids will do better at the next one.
We decided to include some artwork done this year and choose a small toy for each kid that was like an obsession, but not a focus at the moment (not to cause tears for no reason). I also had some bubble wrap around the house, as as this is fun and everyone loves it, we put some of that in there for us to play with in future.
We wrapped the booklets with artworks for each kid with a nice ribbon and placed it in the box alongside the toy and a picture of the three of them this summer.
We also created a family time capsule email where we can send photos and happenings, milestones reached or even thoughts. We changed the password with one created by the kids on the spot, we put it on a piece of paper and locked it in the box, so we know that none of us are taking a peek meanwhile.
We locked the box and put it in the attic, where no one but my husband goes.
We had so much fun creating this time capsule and we are looking forward to open it in 2022, and I know it will be a reason of celebration for our family.
Have you ever done a time capsule? What other items you think would be interesting of putting in a time capsule? Please leave us a message down below with your thoughts about this project and ideas!