Christmas Jar – tradition for the new year

I know what you are thinking – “What? Why is she posting about Christmas in January!”…Well, let me tell you. 
A few years ago the Christmas Jars book was recommended to me for some “Christmas” reading. They said I would want to start a Christmas Jar of my own after reading it. They were right! It’s one of those books that makes you want move forward with action. So why not? I didn’t have ask myself twice – we started one!

If you haven’t read the book, it’s a quick, easy, enjoyable read. They even have some versions out there that are kid friendly as well. Basically, you take any jar and save your extra change through out the year. Then you give the jar away on Christmas Eve to someone who needs it. And doing it in secret is always fun too!
It’s something that gives my family the opportunity to be thinking about others the entire year and who we might gift the jar to when the year comes to an end. It’s also fun to see how fast the jar fills up. THIS year, I got our family this fun jars that counts and keep track of how much is in your jar. That is REALLY exciting for my kids! 

My point in sharing this is, it’s not to late to read the story and start a jar of your own. It’s only January 4th and I think our first year we started our jar in November right after I had read the book! It’s a great family tradition! You’d be surprised how much “extra” change you have throughout the year! 


  1. We have had two money jars before… And started out with the Great Excitement but then we would forget about it in about a months time… But I must say I have never read the book so maybe that would change things… 🙂

  2. I keep a jar in the laundry room. As I clean the house and pick up stray coins and bills, they always end up in my pockets. I empty them into the jar when I do laundry. I used to pay myself at the end of the year, but this year I gave it to the children and told them that they had to spend the money on someone else.
    They loved it, and I think that we will count up earlier this year to be able to pick something for the Angel tree

  3. That’s such a fantastic idea! I love the touch of giving it away in secret. Love love!


  4. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

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