Holiday Blessings Jar
After Thanksgiving is over and all the turkey leftovers are gone, we may forget about keeping our blessings in the forefront of our minds. Most of us, despite the difficult economic times, have a lot to be thankful for this year. If you’ve got a roof over your head and enough to eat, you’re better off than many. Just the fact that you’re reading this online means you’re better off than most of the world’s population (only 28.7% has internet access*).
Our attitude about what we have vs. what we don’t have colors our day to day experiences. Placing the emphasis on the good things in life is a way to bring gratitude into focus this holiday season, and it’s a good way to enjoy the frugal life all year long. The Holiday Blessings Jar is one easy way to bring gratitude into focus for the entire family.
From now until Christmas, have each family member write down something that they’re thankful for on a small piece of paper (red and green paper looks great!) each day. Write the person’s name along with the date and place the slip of paper inside the jar. By the time Christmas arrives, your jar will be full. If you decorate your jar, it also doubles as a frugal holiday tabletop decoration.
You could turn your Holiday Blessings Jar into a Christmas Countdown Activity by creating a piece of paper to write blessings on for each day leading up to Christmas. When the paper is gone, Christmas is here!
After the season is over, don’t throw the paper away. Tuck the jar away with your other holiday decorations and bring it out again next year. When you do, re-read the things you were thankful for the year before. The blessings jar becomes a great keepsake and reminder of your family’s many blessings.