Family Blessing Jar

 Teach your children gratitude with this Family Blessing Jar from Marty's Musings

Our family blessing jar is a  tradition that goes back to 1999. At that time we just had two children and couldn’t possibly have even imagined the changes the next few years would bring, with both joys and trials. Our family expanded in 2000 to include 3 adopted children as well.

As our family (which now also includes a son-in-law) has grown some traditions have become vital to our children for staying connected.
 
Even though Tim and I were the ones that began these activities it is our adult children especially who want to stay true in observing these special days.

Our most favorite family tradition occurs on Thanksgiving Day. We have lunch at our house for our family (our kids, my niece and family and our friend Barbara.) Late afternoon then finds our immediate family meandering up the street to Wagoner’s Tree lot, where we have picked out our tree every year for more than 15 years.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tradition

We come home, drag the tree in the house and start decorating.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tradition

Point of Grace Christmas CD must be playing and Russian tea must be served.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tradition

It truly is the highlight of our year, a tradition we hold to tightly and joyfully.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tradition

There is much jostling and joking as we decorate the tree. Specific rituals have to be followed and mom has to take pictures.

Once the tree is decorated we gather around our table and take out our blessing jar. This special little jar sits on our kitchen table year round, reminding us to take time to appreciate God’s blessings, both small and large. 

 
No special paper needed. Any scrap will do! We then go around the table and one by one open the slips of paper, seeing the blessings of our lives laid before us.
 
Family Blessing Jar
 
As we read from the past year we are always reminded of the ways God has taken the good and bad times and turned them into family memories, a tangible picture of God’s love for us. 
 
Family Blessing Jar
 

I cannot begin to tell you how we look forward to this time. As our family ages and changes we welcome new members and treasure those to come in future years.

For the jar itself I used my trusty Cricut and cut the word blessings out of vinyl. I attached a ribbon and button and it was done!

 
Our little jar, filled with the promise of tradition and memories.
 

What do I do with the blessings after we read them on Thanksgiving night? I save them until I’m ready to scrapbook them!

These two layouts feature just a few of the blessings from that year. Not my finest pages but they are done and in our photo album as a reminder of God’s goodness and those traditions that make our family unique.

 Family Blessing Jar from Marty's Musings

I hope you enjoy our family tradition of the Blessing Jar and will try this in your own family and be blessed.

Want to see more of our family fun and traditions?
 
Here’s a look at Cow Day at Chick-Fil-A, our annual be silly and get free food day!
 
Cow Day 2013 from Marty's Musings

We also share our studies in history through a unity study night that is so much fun!

Vietnam-Unit-Study-from-Martys-Musings 

Finally, there is my Christmas Village that is set up every year, usually before Thanksgiving.

Christmas Village Ideas 

Thank you so much for visiting Marty’s Musings, and I hope you’ll stick around to check out my DIY projects as well!

Comments

  1. What an awesome tradition! I love that and, I LOVE mason jars…I mean, who doesn’t, right?!!
    Thanks for sharing at the sugar bee party!!
    dginnovations.blogspot.com

  2. a joy filled jar!!! Hopping over from Cowgirl Up, already happily following you xo

  3. I love your blessigs jar! I’m your newest follower from the “Too Cute Tuesday” blog hop. Please checkout my blog: godsgrowinggarden.blogspot.com
    Thanks
    Angie

  4. What a WONDERFUL idea! I love this, and will be doing this with my family too. I also loved the header on your blog. I’ve never seen one done that way before. I’m now your newest follower!

    Blessings~
    Shari

  5. Great idea! I think if I did it I would label the jar “blessings 20..” and then keep the Jars up in our attic and take them out each thanksgiving to enjoy! (visiting from WFMW)

  6. This is WONDERFUL!!!!! Love this tradition!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  7. Very nice, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday.

  8. What a lovely tradition! I’d love to start that in our home.

  9. Love the idea of a blessing jar :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a sweet sweet tradition! I love mason jars for so many things! :)

  11. I love this post, I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:

    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-translucent-face-powder-and.html

    I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
    Sincerely,
    Debi Bolocofsky
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com
    Adorned From Above

  12. That is a wonderful idea! And I love how organized you are with your scrap booking. That’s inspiring! Thanks for sharing…here from Works for me Wednesdays.

  13. What a lovely tradition! That must be such a special time for your family!

  14. What a lovely idea! So glad you linked this to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

  15. I love the idea of the Blessings jar. I will start one this weekend for my family. Thank you for the idea!

  16. I love the blessings jar!!!

  17. I LOVE the Blessings jar idea!!!! What a neat tradition, but also great way to remind yourself of all the blessings! I’ll have to do this and keep it in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing this and for the inspiration!!!!

  18. I would love it if you would share this post on the Waste no Want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK! I really think my readers will enjoy it!

    http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/waste-not-want-not-wednesday-2.html

    Many Thanks

    Dawn @ Pretty Shabby Uk

  19. I love the blessing jar idea!!! I think I’ll have to borrow it. What an awesome idea! Hopping over from Hip Homeschool Hop. A Little R & R http://jukiczr.blogspot.com

  20. Great idea! need to start this tradition!

  21. This is GREAT! Crossing my fingers you’ll share at my party! Saturdays at Seven! XO, Aimee

  22. Beautiful Idea! :) I’d love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers would love this idea too!
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-15/

  23. What a great way to count your many blessings!

    Sarah@
    http://www.blissfulbucketlist.com

  24. What a great idea for the blessings jar!
    Stopping by from the It’s Overflowing Party :-)

  25. This is such a wonderful idea! I love that you fill the jar all year long – I’m sure it helps you remember the little things along the way. It’s always hard for me to tell something I’m thankful for when I’m put on the spot at Thanksgiving (other than the obvious big things in life), so I really like this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

  26. You’ve inspired me to be more aware of the blessings in my life and to jot them down. Remembering what God has done is so important and so easy to forget when new things come in and take over our thoughts. I’m glad I found your post. Very inspiring! I’m your newest follower. I hope you’ll stop by Quirky Vistas sometime as well.
    Liz

  27. Your Blessing Jar is such a wonderful idea. What a great tradition!!!
    Glad to have found this through Keeping It Simple – Motivate Me Monday link party!
    Rhiannon from beingmomme.blogspot.com

  28. I am starting this tradition. Such a simple way to bring glory to God and teach everyone to be grateful. Love it.

  29. THis is such an amazing idea – thanks for sharing.

  30. Love the blessing jar idea!! So cute! Thanks for sharing on our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Hope you come back next week. -The Sisters

  31. This is neat. What a great way to make Thanksgiving extra special. I’d love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions. Hopping over from Our Delightful Home.

  32. So lovely. I have always wanted to cut vinyl on my Cricut— is it hard? can you get vinyl anywhere?
    also, i’m a big mason jar fan & just posted about ‘em too.
    thanks for sharing your blessings jar! This is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Would love for you to stop by and link up at my HEART&HOME link party at mercyINKblog.com! :)

    blessings to you,

    lauren @mercyINKblog.com

  33. This is featured on this weeks Flaunt It Friday link party at Blissful Bucket List!! Stop by to get a button and link up again! :) Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah @
    http://www.blissfulbucketlist.com

  34. Hi Marty!
    Thank you for linking up your Blessing Jar and other jar ideas in our Saturday Crafty Showcase last week! Your post was one of our top most clicked post and you are being featured today! Stop on over and say HI and see your feature. We’ll be giving you a Facebook, twitter and Pinterest shout out today!

    We would LOVE for you to stop in on Saturday-Thur and link up more of your crafty post! We love your blog.

    Susie @Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/06/22/feature-friday-bowdabra-top-crafty-showcase-picks-2/

  35. This is GREAT! Featuring you today! XO, Aimee

  36. What a great tradition to start with my kiddos!

  37. What a great Thanksgiving tradition, Marty! Love the fun storage ideas too.
    Linking up from Leaving a Legacy,
    Susan

  38. Ruth Ann Barnes says:

    Marty,
    Where do you get the cricut letters? I am not a scrapbook person, but would love to make some of these and share them for Christmas gifts! i hope this is not a stupid question! I love the font you used!

    • Hi, Ruth Ann. I use my Cricut Expression to actually cut the letters out of vinyl sheets. If you don’t scrapbook you probably don’t have access to a Cricut. Maybe an online source to order the letters? Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  39. Hopping over from Petite Hermine

    Lovely post :)

    http://carabossesarmoire.blogspot.com/2012/11/fall-in-air.html

  40. Love the idea of the Blessings jar.

  41. I LOVE mason jars also..so versatile! Also, the blessing jar is a great idea for Thanksgiving. I’m so glad you linked up to Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun and shared this great idea….It’s one I’m definitely going to do this year!

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

  42. I am hooked on jars, any kind, but especially Mason jars. I’ve found some really large ones at GW. I love the tradition that has been created by your family. Tradition brings such warm and “ties” together. Very nice. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  43. This is a wonderful tradition, Marty! I was thinking of creating just a “thankful” jar for Thanksgiving, but I really like the idea of remembering our many blessings year round. Thank you so much for linking this up to the Better Late Than Never Thanksgiving bloghop!

  44. Love the idea of the Blessing Jar! Great way to put the meaning into Thanksgiving…for kids and adults! Stopping by from Monday’s Musings!
    -Saxon
    letsdrinkcoffeedarling.blogspot.com

  45. I love mason jars, and that is such a cute idea!!

  46. I love, love, love this! And I think I just found the best Christmas gift to give!

  47. MARCELLA SCOTT says:

    WHERE CAN I FIND THE DECALS TO ADD TO THE JAR??
    SO PRETTY
    THANKS

  48. Great idea! We use a big pickle jar as our “Adventure Jar” to collect change in, then spend it on a big Adventure!

    Found you through Claiming Our Space!

  49. Thank you so much for this idea. I love, love, love it. I want to start it with my grown family and now I have grandchildren to share it with. Thank you. Partying from Reasons to Skip the Housework.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/try-one-new-recipe-a-week-best-pa-dutch-apple-dumplings

    • I can’t wait to have grandchildren as well and I know our blessing jar will continue as a family tradition. Thanks for stopping by Marty’s Musings.

  50. what a wonderful idea the blessing jar is! I really need to keep track of our blessings, because most time we end up focusing on the things that go wrong, instead of focusing on our blessings! thanks

  51. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-7.html

  52. What a lovely idea and tradition!

  53. What a wonderful tradition. I love this idea. I hope you Holidays are truly Blessed. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  54. What a lovely tradition, Marty! How blessed you are :)

  55. Wow! I LOVE this idea!

  56. What a great idea! I love that slips go in all year round so you get a chance to remember those good things that may have been overshadowed later. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  57. I did a google search for “Blessings Jar” and found your site!!! I’ve spent about 2 hours looking at your site and oh what a blessing you are and such great ideas. A friend told me about their family’s “Blessings” jar and I wanted to learn more about it. Thanks for sharing your story and I am going to start this family tradition right now on our 22 yr old and 16 yr old as well as my parents and sisters family who are coming to our home for Thanksgiving for the 1st time ever in 30 years!!! I have a lot to be thankful for.

    • Thank you, Pam, for spending so much time on my blog! I hope you found some things to enjoy. I’m so glad you’re going to share our blessing jar tradition!

  58. Such a GREAT idea, always good to reflect on just how good GOD is and how very BLESSED we are!
    Cindy

  59. Marty, I loved hearing about this family tradition from your perspective, since I’d first learned about it from Rachel.

    What a wonderful tradition, and I love the Blessings Jar. I bet reading those is so much fun and such a beautiful reminder of how blessed you truly are. This is a tradition I’d like to start with my own family. Do you find that everyone does indeed write down blessings through the year? Or do you have to remind the kids to do it? :)

    • Amy, when the kids are smaller we had to make more of an effort to remember to write down our blessings. As they have gotten older we give a reminder on occasion but they do it on their own. This year will be different since Rachel and Joshua are both living out of the house. ~sad~

  60. Wow, Marty. This is a very moving tradition that I am going to incorporate with our Thanksgiving this year. My husband and I lead the boys in a gratitude prayer each night. My sons are still too young to write, so I think I may take pictures of the things, people, and places we are grateful for, and label them.

    I’m going to feature this at both of my sites {we have a feature on family traditions for Thanksgiving at The Classroom Creative that this would be perfect for later this week}. Sharing on Pinterest as well.

    Have a blessed evening,
    Nicolette

  61. Great idea! Mason jars are so useful for so many things, but I really like the idea of adding to the jar year-round. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  62. Oh I just adore this idea! You are one lovely lady to have such a beautiful tradition.. I think I may have to incorporate this into my family too! And I just love mason jars for storage too!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  63. What a great family tradition! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with Leaving A Legacy!

    Blessings~
    Shari

  64. I am using this idea for our family Thanksgiving:) Just pinned it:) Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you week if filled with laughter!

  65. Hi Marti,
    I love your Blessings Jar. It is so pretty and such a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing at last Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party. This weeks party is live. The link to the party is
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html
    Can’t wait to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  66. Guess what, Marty???
    We are still loving this project! You are in our Top 12 Feature Friday Post from 2012. We loved it so much that you are one of the top 12 featured blog projects submitted into our Feature Friday Linky.

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us in 2012. We can’t WAIT to see what you will share in 2013. We would LOVE to feature a fun project from your blog on our blog’s SHOW N TELL feature. It can be a project that you have on your blog, recipe or anything fun! Please email me at susie@bowdabra.com and let me know if there is a project I can get from your blog or if you have something new. Your blog would get the link back to your blog plus we would share it with all our social media sites. We know that you did share this project with us but we didn’t run the post because it was already on our blog for the Feature Friday post. So if you share something else, we will post it!

    Thanks and have a Happy 2013.
    Susie and the entire Bowdabra Team!
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/01/04/feature-friday-2012-bowdabra-top-12-crafty-showcase-picks/

  67. Sheri Mallasch says:

    Hi Marty, I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I have been searching for a creative idea for my table setting for my guests this Thanksgiving. I am going to make one for each of my guests and attach their name to one as a seat marker. The only question I have, I do not have a cricut…..I may be able to order the vinyl at a print shop, but how did you get the vinyl to stick to the jar?

    • Hi, Sheri. I’m so glad you’re going to share this project with your family. You could just get stickers from any craft store, in the size you wanted, because they should do okay sticking to the glass. Or you could even decoupage a title printed off the computer, whatever style you wanted. Since I do have a Cricut it was easy for me to whip this up, especially since I’ve done a gallery wall and scripture quote for my daughter’s room which required so much more time! Let me know if you have any more questions!

  68. I really enjoyed reading of your family’s blessing jar tradition. It was truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing it.

  69. I love it. so inspirational. I hope you don’t mind me using your image on my blog. I’ll make sure to credit you :)

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