Our family blessing jar is a tradition that goes back to 1999. At that time we just had two children and couldn’t possibly have even imagined the changes the next few years would bring, with both joys and trials. Our family expanded in 2000 to include 3 adopted children as well.
Our most favorite family tradition occurs on Thanksgiving Day. We have lunch at our house for our family (our kids, my niece and family and our friend Barbara.) Late afternoon then finds our immediate family meandering up the street to Wagoner’s Tree lot, where we have picked out our tree every year for more than 15 years.
We come home, drag the tree in the house and start decorating.
Point of Grace Christmas CD must be playing and Russian tea must be served.
It truly is the highlight of our year, a tradition we hold to tightly and joyfully.
There is much jostling and joking as we decorate the tree. Specific rituals have to be followed and mom has to take pictures.
Once the tree is decorated we gather around our table and take out our blessing jar. This special little jar sits on our kitchen table year round, reminding us to take time to appreciate God’s blessings, both small and large.
I cannot begin to tell you how we look forward to this time. As our family ages and changes we welcome new members and treasure those to come in future years.
For the jar itself I used my trusty Cricut and cut the word blessings out of vinyl. I attached a ribbon and button and it was done!
What do I do with the blessings after we read them on Thanksgiving night? I save them until I’m ready to scrapbook them!
These two layouts feature just a few of the blessings from that year. Not my finest pages but they are done and in our photo album as a reminder of God’s goodness and those traditions that make our family unique.
I hope you enjoy our family tradition of the Blessing Jar and will try this in your own family and be blessed.