I stumbled upon the Christmas Jars book many years ago when I was searching for a holiday book to read. Little did I know that this small book would lead to a new and meaningful Holiday Tradition.
The Christmas Jars is a fictional book by Jason F. Wright and it has inspired a world-wide movement of hope, kindness and giving. In the story, one family works all year to fill a jar with loose change. On Christmas Eve, they go and leave the jar anonymously on the doorstep of someone who could use a little help and Christmas cheer.
That first year we left our first Christmas Jar on the doorstep of a family who had come across some hard times. My husband, son and niece snuck up to the house, left the jar and ran so that they would not be discovered. This jar inspired my niece to start two jars of her own Christmas Jar for the following year. My family now gives away our jar with a copy of the book in hopes that this special mission will continue to grow.
This simple act of kindness can bring so much help and hope to a person in need. The money in the jar may help to pay some bills, buy food or a few Christmas presents. The most important thing that the jar will do is to let them know that they are special and loved.
Will you start your own Christmas Jar this year?