The Blessing Jar has been a tradition in my family for several years. My oldest brother Brian and my mom found ceramic jars that said “Blessings” on them back during Christmas of 1996 while traveling to see my great-grandmother. My brother insisted that we buy one for all of our extended family and many special friends. Little did we know, that would be the last Christmas we would be able to spend with my oldest brother…
You may be familiar with the old hymn Count Your Blessings…“Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings see what God hath done!” That is the exact purpose of The Blessing Jar…to be reminded of the ways that God has worked in our lives over the previous year.
*This really is just one jar, I just had to take two pictures to show the entire word “blessings”.
Here’s how it works: Whenever you recognize a “blessing” in your life throughout the year, just write it on a piece of paper, fold it up, and stick it in The Blessing Jar. On New Years Eve, dump out all the blessings from the entire year and go through it together as a family. It will be a great reminder of God’s faithfulness…in times of joy AND in times of difficulty!
(And if you’re scrambling on New Years Eve to write all the blessings down that you forgot to write during the year like we often do…that’s okay too).
We already have a Blessing Jar, but I thought it would be fun to “remake” one (perhaps for a gift next year). Here are the instructions for making a Blessing Jar:
1. Grab a clean jar with a lid (I used an old spaghetti sauce jar).
2. Download and print the sheet music to Count Your Blessings here (left-hand side…click on “View PDF Sheet Music”). Tape it on your jar.
3. Add a label using scrapbook paper and stickers (I would suggest using smaller stickers…mine were quite large and, as you can see, you can’t get view the whole word “blessings” without turning the jar).
4. Add a ribbon (or you could even make one of these adorable felt roses).
5. Start adding blessings!
I hope this will be a tradition your family treasures as much as mine does!