Learn how to make a memory jar to use every year in your home! This is a great way to capture the memories of your family.
Using a memory jar in our home has become one of our family’s favorite traditions. My husband and kids both love this family activity and it has been an amazing way to remember the moments over the course of the year.
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How to Make and Use a Memory Jar
Get the supplies together.
First, get a basic jar. I like to use this style. I have seen these at the Dollar Store and of course, they are on Amazon and at Walmart.
As someone who loves a label, I label the jar using my label maker. It is helpful to also put some pieces of paper and a pen in a little jar or container near the Memory Jar.
Find a place for the jar.
Put everything in a place where you will see it regularly! Ours is on our kitchen counter. You do not want to hide this in a cabinet because then you will forget to use it!
Get ready to use the Memory Jar.
What you will do is over the course of the year, write down any moments you want to remember. These may be your little one walking for the first time, a soccer goal, something funny a child said, a family vacation, etc. As you write down the memories, put the piece of paper you wrote on in the jar.
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The idea is that over the course of the year, you will be adding memories to the jar. Do not open the jar until New Year’s Eve or sometime around then!
We like to have a family dinner around New Year and open the jar together. Then we take turns reading all of the pieces of paper. It is always such a fun night as we reflect on the past year together!
Afterward, I put the pieces of paper in an envelope and label it with the year and store it in a box in the hall closet. You may have a better idea of what to do with these!
Then you can use the jar again for the upcoming year! This has become a great way for us to reflect and remember the good from the past year!
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