Two years ago, I ran across this idea on pinterest and decided to spruce it up a bit and turn it into a gift. For Christmas I gave a jar to each of my siblings, so they could use it throughout the upcoming year with their families.
The idea is that the family jots down memories on squares of paper and drops them in a jar all year long. Then they open it on New Year’s Day and reminisce over a year’s worth of memories.
When we look back over a year, it’s easy to remember the highlights (family vacations, job changes, moves), but this is such a fun and easy way to save and re-live the small moments, like the funny things your kids say and do.
This New Year’s Day will be my family’s second time opening our jar and reading it together. It was so much fun last year, and I can’t wait to do it again! Plus, at ages 4 and 6, our boys contributed quite a bit throughout the year to the memories that went into the jar. So it’s really a family bonding experience year-round.
To create as gifts, just buy some pretty jars (these were from Ikea), cut scrapbook paper into 3×3 pieces and stick the stack inside, include a pen, and throw in some Andes mints (or other goodie) for good measure. Add a label and some twine—and you’re good to go.
Happy holidays, sweet friends! I’ve been a bit quiet lately as I process some big changes in my family’s life. More on that soon!