Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Good Things Jar, a New Year's Tradition

Last January I started a new New Year's tradition- I introduced the Good Things Jar. The concept was simple; write down the good things that occur throughout the year on colorful pieces of paper and slip them into the Good Things Jar. On New Year's Eve, we would sit down as a family and read all of the good things that happened throughout the year and celebrate our joys and successes.

The result was powerful. Everyone contributed to the jar. There were 56 notes in all. The kids praised each other for various accomplishments and took pride in their own successes. It was a beautiful, nostalgic record of 2013. 

"Bubby's Graduation is coming soon."

We remembered a graduation, first job interviews, prom invitations, driving permits, 3rd grade musical performances, orchestra concerts, color guard competition wins, and road trips. The absolute beauty of it is that the kids contributed good things that their siblings did. They said nice things about each other!

The past year certainly harbored its share of challenges for our family, but it brought great joys as well and I'm so glad we took this time to remember and celebrate them. 

 The Good Things Jar is empty, just like the new year, just waiting to be filled with joys and celebrations.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

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