I came across this wonderful idea last year. I don’t even remember where I first saw it but I knew it was something that I wanted to do with our family.
A Memory Jar.
It’s a simple thing really. At the beginning of the new year we started writing little things down and adding it to our jar. It could be anything that we wanted to remember or added a smile to our faces. Something we experienced together, saw together, ate together or laughed about together. It could be something funny that someone did or said. It could be something you accomplished, something you tried for the first time or something you learned. Your own perspective on our little corner of the world. Ultimately, it wouldn’t matter as long as it was being recorded. We have a whole year to fill the jar and, at the end of the year, we will sit down together and crack that baby open and reminisce.
It really is a chance for the family, and the kids especially, to reflect upon the year that has passed and appreciate everything that we are fortunate enough to have.
I took an empty jar and created a label that I glued on. The label says MEMORY JAR To be opened December 31, 2016. You can be as elaborate as you want. Maybe even get the kids to help decorate it. It doesn’t really matter what you use – a jar, a box with a lid, a coffee canister – as long as you have something to hold onto the little bits of memories that the family writes down. That could even be the first memory!
Although it’s probably been a month since we’ve added anything (that I know of!!), the jar has filled up pretty quickly since the beginning of the year. I think everyone has forgotten exactly what we are going to do with it but I’m excited for New Year’s Eve when we get to open it up and read about the memories we made in 2016.