I debated whether or not to mention the Christmas Spirit Jar but it turned out so well this year that I had to share the idea. While perusing Pinterest last year I stumbled upon what is called a Christmas Spirit Jar. It's simple, you take an empty jar and over the year any loose change you have goes into the jar. At Christmas time you write a little note about the spirit of Christmas and give it to someone. It could be a complete stranger on the street or someone you know.
I loved the idea so much and set the jar out this January. I had every intention to fill the jar but as the year went on and things got crazy, it kind of fell through the cracks, however, I still felt it was important to give. I've always been a giver but something in me this year is just about giving. I don't want gifts, I rather give. I want to give to those who may not have a great holiday because I am thankful for where I am and I don't really need anything. It would make my Christmas Merry to know I have helped others. So, I decided to go ahead and "fill the jar" all at once and we ended up with a pretty decent amount.
I knew a few weeks ago who I wanted to give the jar to. There is a little boy at Phoebes school whom she adores. I adore him as well and his mom. I don't know their story nor do I need to but I new enough that they would be the ones receiving our jar. Now, because giving a jar of coins to them would be a bit of an inconvenience, I bought gift cards to places I knew they shopped and ate. I wrote out a card explaining what the Christmas jar was and that we hoped they had a good holiday, I also made sure to mention that we do absolutely NOT expect anything in return, we just wanted them to have a nice holiday and to now that we were thinking of them. The Christmas Spirits Jar is not about giving and getting, it's just about spreading holiday cheer through giving.
Phoebe and I also made her friend a special blanket, a reminder that we think of them and always will. I felt really good leaving their jar at school yesterday. I didn't know if they would like it or be offended, or who knows, but it was nice to leave our little surprise for them. Whether or not I got a thank you didn't even matter. All that mattered was it made a small impact on someone elses life in a good way, whether they needed it or not.
But then this morning was the icing on the cake. I was dropping Bee off and our recipients were there at the same time. She asked if I was the one who left it and I said yes and then my heart melted with love, I have never seen a thank you as sincere as hers was, I could see it in her eyes, her facial expression and the wavering sound of her voice, thank you. She said she wished she had something to give and I told her no, the spirit jar is about giving and that we just hope they have a nice holiday season. We then talked about how we have to sometimes bribe our children into doing things and had a good laugh. Of course, Bee and her little friend walked in together and were playing and it was so cute, a moment I wanted to capture for her memory. A simple gesture truly made someones Christmas, needless to say this will be a new tradition. I encourage your family to start a spirit jar as well, whatever holidays you celebrate, giving doesn't have limits, giving comes with every holiday and non-holidays.