How to Start A Christmas Jar Family Tradition

As parents, we should continuously seek out ways to live out the values that we deem most important. Several years ago I read a blog post about the Christmas Jars and knew this tradition would be a perfect way to teach our children about the power of generosity and giving more than you receive. 

What is a Christmas Jar?

The Christmas Jar tradition, based on Jason Wright’s bestselling novel is simply a glass jar that you use to collect spare change throughout the year. Our family adds coins that we find on the ground, in the washer and dryer as well as unclaimed money lying around the house. We also add bills that come to us unexpectedly.

The week before Christmas, prayerfully and thoughtfully decide with your family members who you want to gift it to… anonymously.

Was a neighbor laid off? Is a co-worker struggling with health problems? Has a friend lost a loved one?

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Simply place your Christmas Jar at your recipient’s doorstep, in their car, on their desk — wherever — and know that you have blessed their life with your generosity.

No matter the amount, big or small, you’ll be surprised how much money you can generate in that jar and how much you can impact someone’s life just by your family being intentional all year long.

It was so much fun to meet the author of the Christmas Jars book, Jason Wright. I even hauled our family Christmas Jar to the bookstore to show him how his story and tradition has impacted our family!

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6 replies
  1. Carolyn S
    Carolyn S says:

    With having both older kids out of the house and only the 6 year old at home, the feeling of being spoiled and entitled has started to come into play at our house. My little one loved the movie and this would be a great opportunity to help her (and us) do some good in our part of the world.

  2. Michelle Sandberg
    Michelle Sandberg says:

    This is a great idea. This year we are doing adopt-a-family and using our Christmas spending money to instead by gifts to those with so little. I am hoping it will be a family we can continue to help throughout the year. The idea of a jar, would remind us all throughout the year and build anticipation. I think it’s a great idea!

  3. Chris Cuthbertson
    Chris Cuthbertson says:

    I found this book last year. I thought it was the best ever!! I had to just tell everyone! I told my youngest daughter about it. She took everything she had been collecting for tips the couple years and filled all the jars we had prepared to giveaway that Christmas. She said it was the best Christmas she’s had. It filled my heart to hear her say mom let’s do this every year! This is what CHRISTmas is all about. And now Christmas jars has become apart of our family and apart of our life! What a blessing a single book brought into our life!

    • Amy Carney
      Amy Carney says:

      Congratulations Ashley! You are the winner of the signed copy of the Christmas Jars book! Check your email for details… Thanks to all for reading and commenting!

  4. Holly Spink
    Holly Spink says:

    That’s such a wonderful idea! We collect change in a jar but can’t thought to give it to someone in need. I think my kids would really like doing this and trying to think of someone to give it to. As they are becoming adults and recognizing their differences, this may be a great way to bring them together!


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