Meaningful birthday traditions to start now

Another year older, another year wiser. No matter how many candles on your cake, your birthday is an important time to celebrate, reflect and be grateful for what you have. Make your special day even more memorable with these super-fun ways to honour your last 365 days on earth and build memories for your future.

Write a letter to your future self. Note your favourite moments from this year and record your hopes for the next year. Ask others to do the same and tuck them away for safekeeping.

Thank your parents. You would not be here without them, so tell them how much you love and appreciate them. Know that you are their greatest joy, so share a heartfelt note, conversation or bouquet of flowers. Recognizing this will make them over-the-moon proud.

Check something off your bucket list. There’s nothing like starting a fresh year with a little adventure or by accomplishing something new. If you don’t already have a list, it’s the perfect opportunity to start.

Pay it forward. Instead of receiving gifts, ask friends and family to contribute to a birthday fundraiser. Ronald McDonald House Charities has an online birthday fundraising tool that makes donations easy and helps you contribute to helping families stay close to their sick child. Find more information online at