Have You Ever Heard Of A Blessing Jar Or A Memory Jar?

United States
February 26, 2007 6:02pm CST
Blessing Jars I have a friend who does this wonderful thing with her family. At the end of December, she cuts strips of paper and puts them into a jar. The kids decorate the jar and it is put on the mantal along with another jar that the kids have decorated with the words "blessing jar" printed on it. Each time someone sees another family member or themselves being blessed such as When they see God especially bless someone in their family, they write it out on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then on New Years Eve,they open up the jar and read how God has blessed them throughout the year! On New Years Day they empty the jar and start again. So each New Years they are reminded of the blessing that they have received the previous year. They also video tape the reading of the blessings and keep it on their family history shelf. Memory Jars I will never forget the first memory jar that I saw. It was a birthday gift to a friend from her adult children. The lid itself was decorated with ribbon lace and beautiful material.The jar had felt hearts glued all over it. It was filled with strips of paper. She pulled a piece of paper out and began to read it outloud before she stopped and finished reading it to herself. She was in tears. Her grown children had taken stips of paper and on each one of them, they had hand printed something that they loved or admired about their mother. There was 365 piceces of paper in the jar. There was a tag on the jar that said something to the effect that she was to take one slip of paper out each day and read it. She was then to tape the slip of paper to the top of a page in the journal which they also gave her. She was then to write on the page something about either the person who wrote the slip of paper or about the words on the paper itself. I talked to this friend a few weeks after she was given the memory jar and the journal and she said that it was one of the best gifts that she had ever received in her life. She said it just started her day off with a warm and loving feeling as she read the slips of paper, she knew she was loved. A memory jar is a great gift for anyone who you care for. Have you ever heard of a memory jar or have you ever seen one? Have you ever heard of or made a blessing jar? What do you thing of the idea?
10 people like this
24 responses
@Chele2k2 (241)
27 Feb 07
I have to say, I have never heard about either until I read your discussion. What a fabulous idea! We very often overlook the blessing we have but if we look closely, we are more blessed then we realise. I think it is such a wonderful, beautiful idea to do, I can imagine how good something this simple could make you feel and how much perspective it would have on your life. Thank you for sharing :o)
• United States
27 Feb 07
It is just amazing what blessings we do forget over time. This would be a great way to bring them back to our memories.
2 people like this
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
27 Feb 07
This is the first time that I have heard of a blessing or memory jar but I love the idea and sounds like something great for all families to do. It sounds very nice to me and bet it would be a big hit in our country. I do not know of anyone who has ever made such a thing but this is a good suggestion for future gifts for a family member or spouse or significant other. I will have to write this down for future use. :-)
• United States
27 Feb 07
It would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift.
1 person likes this
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
27 Feb 07
I think that is the most beautiful idea I have ever heard of. It is simply wonderful, and no I did not know about it before. I have written about a christmas stocking filled with beautiful stuff like that and a great way to give to family and or friends, but a memory jar for the year is a much better idea. It is similar to Oprah's gratitude journal. I love it I love it I love it.
3 people like this
• United States
27 Feb 07
I just loved it. I keep a journal jar by my bed and use it everynight when I write in my journal. I have made journal jars for both of my daughters to use. They are great also
1 person likes this
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Oh, this is just the sweetest idea! I would love to start doing something like this, making a memory jar or a blessing jar. It would be so wonderful to open one up on New Year's or at Christmas or some other holiday and look back on all of the wonderful things that have happened. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
3 people like this
• United States
27 Feb 07
I wish you could have seen my friends face when she began to read that first stip of paper. She did not finish reading it ourloud but she finished reading it silently and her face was just glowing as the tears dropped. It was so beautiful to see the love on her face for her children and they must have had for her.
1 person likes this
@mamakat (321)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I've never heard of a memory jar before. I have heard the term blessing jar, but in a different sense. I think both of these are an absolutely wonderful idea. Something like this would be a great family tradition that can be passed down to the kids. I'm now seriously considering implementing one or both of these for what we do during the holidays! Thanks so much for posting this and giving me some great ideas of things we can all do to help realize what wonderful events that happen in our lives that we might otherwise take for granted or forget altogether.
3 people like this
@gberlin (3836)
27 Feb 07
I like both the blessing jar and the memory jar. What great ideas! It is easy to forget our blessings over the course of a year and this is a great way to remember them. A good idea to do with kids also. And the memory jar and journal, wow. What parent wouln't want one of these from their children. I know I would! Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Feb 07
These are wonderful and am wondering why they are not more common. I am sure that they have been around for a while. I will take this and put it onto notepad and see if my daughter thinks that they might sell at a flea market that we go to. Perhaps we could get is more distributed and become a bigger part of our society. Sure would add some positivity that we really need in this world that we live in. Thanks so much for sharing this.
3 people like this
@sims1955 (36)
• United States
27 Feb 07
That is a wonderful idea. At Christmas time, with a family as big as mine, you don't have the money to buy everyone you love a gift. So this is a great Idea. If you have some more ideas on how to make gifts please share. We have five children, all grown and married, so we have five in-laws. we have ten grandchildren and mamas and daddys and that don't even count the brothers and sisters which you would love to give a gift to.
• United States
27 Feb 07
I did a memory jar for my mom several years ago. I got a really pretty jar (rather large) and put candy kisses and hugs in it and cut strips of pretty paper and wrote "I love you because..." and "I remember when..." on them all. I put in over 100. This was probably 6 years ago or so and she still has that jar with her.
3 people like this
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I have never heard of that, it sounds like a very wonderful, loving tradition to have, makes me want a huge family and... a mantlepiece,lol.Thanks for posting!
2 people like this
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
27 Feb 07
What a great idea...the memory jar would be great for mother's day!! thanks!!
2 people like this
@alkapuri (77)
• India
27 Feb 07
THank you very much for sharing this with us,I never heard anything like this.It is the best way to thank god for whatever he has given us.I will share this with my friends.
2 people like this
@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
3 Mar 07
I have one on my desk at work that one of my kids in my Sunday School class at church made for me at Christmas 3 years ago. It has a beautiful ceramic frog glued to the top of a puffy felt lily pad that is glued to the top of the lid that is painted green. Each of verses inside has something to do with Relying on God. (Fully Rely on God..or FROG). I love it. I don't get one out each day, but when I'm feeling down in the dumps it sure helps to reach in and discover that God is sitll in control.
1 person likes this
• United States
3 Mar 07
Don't you just love the personal touch. You can just feel the love of the giver.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
1 Mar 07
This is such a wonderful idea I will have to remember this and make these for my grandparents and my husband's grandparents. This would also be great for friends. Thank you for posting this wonderful idea.
1 person likes this
• United States
27 Feb 07
I heard of that, in fact it was eith the danberry or franklin mint had one called blessinga dn it was full of little papers, it was from a mother to a daughter.
1 person likes this
@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Feb 07
These are just wonderful ideas. I would like to suggest the memory jar to my siblings for my own mother, and include the grandchildren as well. I don't know whether they would go for it or not. I keep a gratitude journal, myself, but I do not write in it on a regular basis. My bad. But getting my kids involved is something I should also be doing. If I did get them involved I wouldn't need my gratitude journal (use a blessing jar instead) and would be more inclined to do it instead of letting my book sit on my shelf. Thanks for the great ideas.
1 person likes this
@rainbow (6763)
27 Feb 07
What a fantastic Idea, I love this! I have never heard of this but can see definately how it would help start your day in a beautiful way. What a wonderful present to give someone, I might start one for my son who has special needs to give him a boost every morning. Thank-you so much for sharing this with us.
1 person likes this
@mywords18 (645)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Hey this is wonderful and lovely and thanks a million for sharing will definealtly practice this though iam late to start its from jan but never mind will do this now as cant wait for the new years, thanks alot will spread this lovely gesture to all my frnds and this will make all of us so close and intimate with our family in this bizzy life thanks again.
• Canada
27 Feb 07
I have never heard of either a Memory Jar or a Blessing Jar, but what an absolutely wonderful idea! I don't think anything could be better than doing something like that. It lets family members tell someone how much they admire them and love them. What a brilliant idea. I'm going to think about something like this for my family. Thank you so much for sharing this with us all.
1 person likes this
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I have never heard of a blessing/memory jar but it does seem like a very nice gift to give someone. It would be a perfect gift for someone that you have no idea what to buy them. I can think of a few other people who would like this as well. Thanks for the idea.
1 person likes this