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Advent: Start a Christmas Jar (Day 3)

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If your kids are anything like mine, they begin this season very focused on them. What they want, what they need, what they absolutely cannot live without.

More Pokemon! Skylanders! Trap Team…Swap Force! Or if your kids are older it’s iPad! iPhone! I need-I want-I need-I want-Santa bring me!

If you’re anything like me, this gets old. FAST.

This year we’re starting the Christmas jar.

The Christmas Jar tradition started in 2005 by author Jason F. Wright with his family. He went on to publish his family’s idea in the book Christmas Jars which became a New York Times Best Selling Book.

In it, he encourages people to give back, to practice random acts of kindness and to look for opportunities to help people. There are so many needs all around us – in our own communities and our very own neighborhoods.

The Christmas Jar tradition is a way to get even the youngest children involved in thinking about the needs of other people. It helps them shift their focus to realize that all that they already HAVE is far more meaningful than anything they could ever want for.

Most of all, the Christmas Jar is a way for people to spread the spirit of the holiday.

Learn about this tradition by ordering his book Christmas Jars.

Today’s Challenge: Start a Christmas Jar. Use a canning jar from your kitchen pantry, decorate it and start collecting spare change and extra dollars. Perhaps tell your kids you’ll double whatever they save to add to the jar. Over the next 20 days, select a family together that you will anonymously gift with your Christmas Jar.

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