December 23 – Love in a Jar

December 23

“For me, the spirit of Christmas means being happy and giving freely. It’s a tradition for all the kids in the family to help mom decorate the tree. Christmas is all about family, eating, drinking and making merry.” -Malaika Arora Khan

“Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family.” -Ronald Reagan

“I like smiling, smiling’s my favorite.” -Buddy the Elf

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite traditions that my MaMaw Nina started when I was, I think, 9 years old. You can do this on Thanksgiving or Christmas. We never really had a set holiday that we did it on. I remember doing it on both. We tried to wait until we were all together.


Every year, we write on a piece of paper what we are thankful for, what we love, or anything great that happened during the year. <3 Then we fold up the piece of paper and put it in a jar. We do this every year, BUT we DO NOT read them every year. We only read them every 3 years. <3 If you are interested in doing something like this for your family, you could do any amount of time that you would like.


I do recommend that it is best to wait more than a year, in between, because you forget what you wrote. It is a lot of fun to hear what you wrote and what your family members wrote down. It is interesting to hear what I wrote at 9, now that I am 32. 🙂 <3 We also read the story of Christmas, Jesus’ birth.

This is a great reminder about what the season is about. We enjoy looking back and remembering what we were thankful for and remembering special moments that went on in our lives. Stories of new pregnancies, new jobs, new loves, hopes, and dreams for the new years to come. I love looking back and seeing what my priorities were when I was younger.

What would be in your Love Jar this year?


“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6


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