If you love family traditions, as I do, you will love adding this fun tradition to your family. It's a memory jar. The purpose is simple: each year, create your memory jar, and throughout the year, write down important memories and successes, anything that is special to you, and save them in your jar. At the end of the year, maybe on New Year's Day, sit down together and read the past year's memories out loud. This is a great family tradition to involve your kids and spouse or partner, and be intentional every day on writing down something you are grateful for.
Here are a few tips to help you get started creating your own memory jar family tradition:
- Get a large jar or container with a lid. I use a glass jar with a screw-on lid that I purchased from Michaels.
- Write your goals or core values on your label to keep them visible throughout the year.
- Create a label. Draw it yourself with fun pens and markers or design it on your computer and print it out and tape onto the jar.
- Use index cards or small pieces of colored construction paper to write your memories down on.
- At the end of the year, remove your label and adhere it to the front of an envelope and store that year's memories inside. You'll have these to reference in years to come or to pass down to your kids when they are grown.
However you choose to create your memory jar, make it fun and personal for your family. I love this family tradition so much, I try to remember to do this at least once a week. Sometimes its just to capture a moment I want to remember, like Tyler eating chips and salsa, or a specific event, like our family vacation, but it's a great way to smile, laugh and remember the great year we had together.