Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. Good way to keep things in perspective.
Blessings jar.... write down blessings throughout the year and add them to the jar. On New Year's Eve gather the family and read all the blessings your family has had over the year. Optional: Add the blessings to an album so we can always look back @ the blessings we've counted.