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Memory Jar Christmas Gift

Updated on August 18, 2014

DIY A Christmas Gift that is Sure to Please

Over the years I have made a lot of crafts, especially for my family. I can honestly say that this has been my favorite and has meant the most to me.If you're up in the air about what to get that special person for Christmas, why not make a Memory Jar? It's sure to be a family or friend pleaser that will last for years, because it is unique and the only one in the world like it. 

So go ahead; I'll walk you through the steps. Make that Memory Jar now and enjoy the laughter and fun for years to come! You won't regret it.

P.S. Don't forget to take all the Christmas polls below.

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The Memory Jar - A great gift for family or friends!

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Step 1: Select a Container (for your memories)

Step 2: Decorate the Jar & Lid

Step 3: Write the Memories

Step 4: Type, Copy, Cut

Step 5: Fill the Jars

Step 6: Put on the Lid

Step 7: Put on the Ribbon and Gift Tag

Step 8: Give the Gift

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Step1:Selecting the Right Size Jar

Glass or Plastic?

The number of memories you wish to use in the memory jar will determine the size of the jar you will need. If you want to create one for the year using 365 pieces of paper, then select a jar that is about 30 ounces. For a 30 day memory jar a container such as the size of a 15oz peanut butter jar works great. You can use a glass or plastic jar for these projects.

A good selection of jars with twist top lips can be purchased at a craft/hobby shop or dollar store. The wonderful thing about purchasing a plastic jar at a dollar store is they often come decorated, saving valuable time. The option is clearly up to you and how much time you have to spend on each memory jar. However, specialty jars are also beautiful and quite often people choose to display their gift. For this reason you may want to purchase a more elaborate type of container

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Why I made a Memory Jar

As my family grew it became more difficult to buy gifts for everyone. Finding the right gift at the right price took a little creativity. By the time my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, to be honest; it was hard to get them anything. You don't need a whole lot when you're married that long.

I had made special gifts in the past, but frankly, I wasn't too interested in making any more that would take up so much of my time. It wasn't that I didn't want to make anything for my family, but that my schedule was pretty full then, so I needed to come up with something easy, but unique.

No, I didn't find unique, but I did find fairly easy. Making a memory jar apparently has been around awhile, but I had not heard of it at this level. We found the idea fascinating and challenging as my husband and I pulled out the photo albums. For several days we poured over pictures in the evening and wrote down ideas of what we might like to share. Before we knew it, we had hundreds of memories and had to begin scratching away at our list.

In the end, I'm glad that I made this gift for all my family (one per each household; I made 8 jars). Over the years my sisters and mother have told me how they still use their memory jars when they need a little cheering up on a somewhat lonesome day. It really helps since we all live in different states, and now that my mom has moved to Heaven, the memory jar is even more special and valued.>

Assorted styles to fit your budget - These may be what you're looking for!

Anchor Hocking 32-Ounce Emma Jar with Glass Lid, Pack of 4
Anchor Hocking 32-Ounce Emma Jar with Glass Lid, Pack of 4

Great selection for making and storing crafts or food gifts. Buy by the pack and save money.

Also comes in a smaller 20 ounce size.

 
Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 67.75 Oz.
Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 67.75 Oz.

Oversided for convience. Great for storing crafts or food. Easy open lid.

 
Case of 6 - Bormioli Rocco Fido Latch Lid 500ml (16 Oz) Square Canning Cosmetic Storage Hermetic Italian Jars From Italy
Case of 6 - Bormioli Rocco Fido Latch Lid 500ml (16 Oz) Square Canning Cosmetic Storage Hermetic Italian Jars From Italy

Easy to open lid and allows you to view the contents at the same time. Just the right size for those inbetween needs. Sturdy container with heavier glass.

 

Step 2: Decorate the Jar & Lid

Let's Get Started!

It's your jar and memories. Do whatever you want in the way of making it fit your personality. You may want to put decals or holiday stickers on it, paint a great scene or leave it plain so the colors of the paper show through the container. Just be sure in whatever decision you make, that you have the memory jar finished in design and completely dry before you place any slips of paper in them.

(Bye-the-bye: Don't put any candy, none at all, in your jars. All your hard work will quickly become a sticky mess.) See below for ideas on decorating your lids.

Is there an artist in the making? - How about trying something new by painting your memory jar.

Donna Dewberry One Stroke Painting - 300 Series Library Set
Donna Dewberry One Stroke Painting - 300 Series Library Set

She has wonderful and easy techniques to follow. Donna's ideas make it a pleasure to paint with no regrets. I love her work!

 

Other Things You May Need - Hot Glue Guns and Jar Toppers

Design your own jar topper with these patterns and ideas.

Hot Melt Glue Gun with 40 Glue Sticks
Hot Melt Glue Gun with 40 Glue Sticks

Cut down on frustrating glues that don't work. Using a hot glue gun will allow you to spend time doing other things instead of waiting around for the glue to dry on your project. A hot dab of glue sets the item in place with no worries of it moving about as you work on your craft.

 
Christmas Jar Toppers: 14 Quick-to-Stitch Gift Ideas
Christmas Jar Toppers: 14 Quick-to-Stitch Gift Ideas

Designing your own jar topper gives your gift that extra touch your friends will appreciate. Check out the easy quick-stitch ideas for yourself.

 
Mccall's Crafts Pattern 3205 - Jar Toppers
Mccall's Crafts Pattern 3205 - Jar Toppers

Creations like these are sure to be eye catching. Put your personal touch on each jar top and see how much your gift will be enjoyed.

 
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Image credit by Google Images

Step 3: Write the Memories

How the Memory Jar will be used.

>Writing down what you remember from the past may seem like a hard thing to do, but it really isn't. With a quick glance through old photo albums and a few conversations with relatives or treasured friends, you will be surprised at the amount of things you will recall. You can write on anything that made an impact on your memories. It could be happy, funny, comforting, or simply just reflection on things you did as a child or with your family. Anything that brings a sense of joy and love to the one whom will receive the gift is what you are aiming to achieve.

How will the Memory Jar will be used?

First decide on the number of days you want the gift to last. For each day you will need at least one memory slip for the individual to read. Depending on the size memory jar you want to make will determine the amount of memory notes (sentences or topics) you will need. If you are doing a small one for your co-workers or friends, you may only want to create a 30 day memory jar (which means you only need 30-40 memories of things that happened at work or with your friend(s). I like to add a few extra slips for those slow days when you need a little something to cheer you up.)

Since I wanted my gift to last all year, I wrote about 370 memory slips that took in to account each member of the family over the past 30+ years. This way they could read one each day if they wanted. Every jar was identical which made it a lot easier to complete. *Look for some of my memories on this site.

Try not to make the saying too long. Let only a few words bring back the memory to the person the way they saw it happening. In other words, let them fill in the blanks and then share your memories of the event and see who is right. I've got to share this with you...our entire family sat and went through the whole memory jar after Christmas dinner. We all remembered things a little differently through our own "lenses", but it was still funny. It's been over 10 years, and we still enjoy looking at the memory jars! Just for fun I've shared some of my own memory slips after the last step, so you'll have to wait a bit.

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Shopped Yet? - There's still time... but the clock is ticking away.

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Photo credit by royalty free google images

In the past I have tried to have all my holiday shopping completed by November 11th, but as the years have gone by that practice has gone by the way side. Still I try to finish early so I can enjoy watching others frantically shop... (not really).

What do you do? Are you a last minute shopper or what?

How far along are you on your shopping list?

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Step 4: Type, Copy, Cut

Typing and Copying

TYPING

I used Microsoft Word, but you can use whatever works best for you.

1. Go to settings and set the margins for .05" on all sides.

2. Use Times New Roman Font (It's easier to read.)

3. Select Fort size 12 or 14

4. Go to format and click on columns and preset for 3 equal columns.

5. It is easier to cut the slips when you have selected to have the line between the columns.

6. Begin typing in the first column and continue from there.

COPYING

Copy your pages BEFORE you begin to cut them into individual slips of paper. Copy one page for each person who will receive a memory jar.  I used a different color page for each page of memory notes I wrote. If you end up with 3 pages, use a different color paper for each page to avoid confusion.

Example: Five people will receive the gift. So I will need 5 copies of each page.

Page 1, color light blue, 5 copies

Page 2, color pink, 5 copies

Page 3, color yellow, 5 copies

Note: Only use light pastel colors. Dark colored paper makes it too difficult to read, so people won't enjoy the gift as much, and therefore it will get put on some shelf and never used.

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Did you remember to spell check?

Before you print and copy your memory pages, be sure to spell check everything.

Paper Does Matter - Select a Good Quality Paper

You will need a good quality paper of at least 24lb, because the slips will be handled over and over again throughout the year(s).

PAC101145 - Pacon Array Colored Bond Paper
PAC101145 - Pacon Array Colored Bond Paper

Selection of quality weight paper for any project

Great for the office to give a professional look

 

Cutting Your Memory Slips - I really found this tool a big help, and the memory slips were cut evenly.

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Photo by favored1

Cut only one color paper at a time. Put one piece of paper in each jar. Then go on to the next color and so on... If you cut everything at the same time some may receive the same memory slip twice in their jar.

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Need A Cutting Edge? - A sharp paper cutter is a time saver

Selecting the fastest way to cut "hundreds" of memory slips is only part of getting the job done. A sharp paper cutter makes the job go a bit smoother so the papers do not tear as you cut through them.

Also a grid cutter helps to make accurate cuts and less mistakes. It is worth the expense of getting a good paper cutter.

ELMERS X-Acto 12" Base Guillotine Style Plastic Paper Trimmer, 10 Sheet Capacity, Black (26232)
ELMERS X-Acto 12" Base Guillotine Style Plastic Paper Trimmer, 10 Sheet Capacity, Black (26232)

Use the cutting grid for exact cuts up to 10 sheets at a time

Sharp blade to make trimming a breeze

Easy carry handle

 

Step 5: Fill the Jars

Ooops!

You're halfway finished. Line up your jars next to one another filling each with the SAME memory slip making sure you don't put more than one in each jar.

Take your time...you're almost done! Remember to do one color page at a time. It takes "forever" to get them all sorted again if you mess up. I know, I had a small "Ooops" of my own.

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Photo credit by royalty free google images

Christmas Trivia

Was Jesus born in a stable?

No, well not the way we know stables. Bethlehem was a small city that was mainly rock like. Stables were made out of stone or part of a cave. Stone "stables" provided warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer because the stone kept the inside temperature rather even.

The night Jesus was born, the sheep (and animals) were not in the "stable", because it was a clear, warm night. Therefore, when the baby was born, the cave stable was not occupied by shepherds or sheep.

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Step 6: Put on the Lid

This part doesn't take much thought, as you can tell.

Since I don't really have anything else to say in this step, why not get a little snack.

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Photo by favored1

Step 7: Put on the Ribbon and Gift Tag

The ribbon is as important as the jar.

I used a gold stretch cord and tied a bow around the neck of the jar. The jar was quite decorated so I wanted to keep the ribbon simple so it didn't take away from the container.

However, you may want to select several ribbons and do a layered look with a fancy bow. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will turn out great.

Choose bright or festive colors and ribbons; packaging does make a difference. Keep in mind also, that in most cases, your gift is going to be on display all year long, so make something that will hold up in all the handling.

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Ribbons and Bows - Make professional looking bows quick and easy.

Creating your own ribbons and bows combination is fun and rewarding. Using a bow maker is a real time saver. People will think they are professionally made when they see your beautiful creations.

Trademark Global E-Z Craft EZ Bow Maker with Ribbon Spool Holder
Trademark Global E-Z Craft EZ Bow Maker with Ribbon Spool Holder

Professional looking bows fast and easy

Spool holder helps keep ribbon in place while you work

 
Fiskars Bow Crimper
Fiskars Bow Crimper

Add distinction to ordinary ribbons

 
Bowdadra Bow Maker
Bowdadra Bow Maker

Complete kit for helping you make great bows for your packages

Step by step instructions

 
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Photo by favored1

Some Memories to Share

A look back on my memories

To give you some examples of how I put my Memory Jar(s) together for my large family, I have listed the ones I thought anyone could invision looking back in time. Even though you may not be able to relate to many of them, some of my family memories are quite funny, and we can all picture someone in our own family doing them.

I hope that these events in my life with trigger some interesting memories of your own. The main thing is to have fun remembering family and loved ones who have shared all the up's and down's, and are still there making new memories.

1.Dee working on the Cape May Ferry in NJ.

2.Christmas caroling at the Mater Dei Nursing Home.

3.Mom & Darleen marching in a protest in Washington, DC in 1968.

4.Ann's mastery at make-up on Evan when she gave him a fake black eye and lip, then watching Mom freak out because she thought it was real.

5.When our pony Black Beauty lost her first colt.

6.Watching Mom and Dad open their gifts and pretend that "It's just what they wanted."

7.JT's karate lessons.

8.Brian and the Michael Jackson's thriller phase.

9.Mom calling the police on her own family after we set off fireworks on July 4th (it was illegal where we lived).

10.Dee's flying lessons.

11.Olin's rocking chair he made in woodshop in high school.

12.Watching Dad ski with one ski.

13.Mr. Hall the town's rich man throwing $5.00 bills out of the car window to anyone who would go to the store for him. (Boy I miss those days!)

14.Piano recitals.

15.Lynn M.'s little white piano.

16.Henry wearing his "baseball spikes" while he mowed the lawn.

17.Dee getting caught throwing a snowball down the school hallway in Elementary school.

18.Doing ceramics with the family.

19.Really bad dates.

20.The non-existent store hours at LaMarae' Gift Shop.

21.Every time the school called Mom to come get the ponies from the school yard because they followed our trail.

22.Sharing foot long hot dogs on the trip to Niagara Falls.

23.Making snow angels. (When was the last time you made them?)

24.Waking up Christmas morning to the smells of Dad making breakfast.

25.The silver (metal) Christmas tree with blue balls.

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What makes a great memory?

One that keeps you smiling!

26.Mom making Dad drink cabbage and carrot juice.

27.William forgetting the marriage license and having to go home minutes before the wedding.

28.Singing God Bless America in front of the Chinese Restaurant in Glassboro as part of the scavenger hunt rules.

29.The great block party dances at the ballpark when the town crowned Miss Elmer.

30.Sitting in the V.I.P. box at Veteran's Stadium to see the Phillies game. (....miss that place).

31.William's great bedtime stories.

32.Scott wearing the football uniform he got for Christmas for an entire week when he was 7.

33.Seeing the words "Help Me" on the bottom of William's shoes when he knelt to pray during the wedding ceremony.

34.Dee riding her bike uptown to return bottles, then falling and the glass split open her knee.

35.Transformers, Star Wars and Masters of the Universe toys.

36.Hymn sings at Mrs. Harrison's.

37.Scott at age 7 striking out the first batter he ever faced.

38.Mom getting arrested for using her own credit cards when she didn't know Dad reported his wallet being lost. (She was a real "trooper.")

39.Darleen falling asleep in church and waking up yelling, then pretending to be crying and going downstairs to cover up the embarrassment.

40.The 76'ers games.

41.Hiding Alan (age 8) in Henry's car when he and Ann left for their honeymoon. (We got in trouble for that one.)

42.Brian's competition at the NJ Vocational Championship.

43.Olin cracking his ribs in football

44.Mom playing piano. (I miss that so much.)

45.The old pocketbooks we played with that Grandma filled with paper and pens.

46.The "sit-in" against violence in the high school that resulted in suspension.

47.Dad's great-tasting blue fish.

48.How Grandpa would pinch our cheeks! (Boy that hurt!)

49.How one year there were over 20 pies for Thanksgiving and hardly any veggies.

50.Climbing out on the roof at Aunt Jean's from the attic window. (Not a good idea!)

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Photo credit by royalty free google images

Step 8: Give the Gift

You did it!

>Well, there you have it...a great Memory Jar! Hope you found this to be an easy and fun gift to give for any holiday. If you found this information to be helpful or just interesting, please share it with a friend. Merry Christmas and God Bless you  with a great year!

P.S. Don't forget to take the Christmas Poll.

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Like to Read More Memories? - I was only going to share a few of these, but couldn't choose which ones to cut.

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51.Listening to the grown-ups talking downstairs through the heater vents when we were supposed to be upstairs sleeping.

52.Dee joining the Army, having a big going away party with gifts and then NOT leaving!

53.Little Alan coloring his eyes with magic marker pretending to be like his mommy.

54.When Dad told Mom to call the hardware store to order more sod glue! (That was so funny.)

55.Alan winning the first wrestling District Championship (ever) at the high school.

56.How Mom would yodel and play her guitar when we asked. (Mom was ½ German.)

57.Scott riding a pig.

58.Mom playing baseball.

59.Going uptown to the ballpark when the circus was in town.

60.Throwing out the first ball at Veteran's stadium. (That was a blast!)

61.Singing at Leesburg prison for the inmates.

62.Going to the high school football game on Thanksgiving Day where everyone in the bleachers was eating hot dogs, drinking hot chocolate and sharing blankets.

63.Turning on the radio to rock music when Mom and Dad left the house.

64.Ann's first car - the butterscotch tank (It was really awful, but it ran!)

65.When Darleen was chosen as one of the top five teachers in the state as Teacher of the Year.

66.Dee's '("Cinderella") wedding and the horse drawn carriage.

67.Candy at the 5 & 10 cent store with the soda fountain at the news agency.

68.The hot air balloon landing in the wheat field by the house.

69.How Rain & Sunshine (our dogs) saved Darleen from the fire.

70.Last but not least..."This is good soup William...That's not soup Arlene, it's turkey gravy!"

Hope this was able to bring back great memories of your own.

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How some memories begin... - It only takes one touch to the heart to make a memory. Here are some of mine.

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Didn't we fired the last babysitter for sleeping on the job?Are you talking to me?No, it's my birthday.  I'm wearing the hat.School's my life man.Yes, we do have to share.And a one and a two...Si'.Que'?What a workout!  I'll just cut through here.You look marvelous!
Didn't we fired the last babysitter for sleeping on the job?
Didn't we fired the last babysitter for sleeping on the job?
Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
No, it's my birthday.  I'm wearing the hat.
No, it's my birthday. I'm wearing the hat.
School's my life man.
School's my life man.
Yes, we do have to share.
Yes, we do have to share.
And a one and a two...
And a one and a two...
Si'.
Si'.
Que'?
Que'?
What a workout!  I'll just cut through here.
What a workout! I'll just cut through here.
You look marvelous!
You look marvelous!

I captured new memories using this camera.

Kodak EasyShare Touch M577 14 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Touchscreen - RedOrange
Kodak EasyShare Touch M577 14 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Touchscreen - RedOrange

This is the camera I purchased. It has been great. Now I can take pictures of the ceiling, my shoes, the top of my head, the sidewalk or the sky. At least when there are misfires it doesn't cost anything.

 

What's it like around your Christmas table? - Are there oodles and oodles of food choices?

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Any holiday can turn into a headache if the dinner is late, right. In our house my husband prepares the main dish early in the morning. His choice of meat is a turkey. What is yours?

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What main dish do you serve on Christmas?

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Got meat? - Memories are made around the dinner table.

Our Holiday Feast Combo
Our Holiday Feast Combo

Who's coming to dinner? Always be prepared for that unexpeced guest with this combo of meat on hand.

 

Christmas Gatherings - Gifts for the entire family

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Photo by favored1

With company dropping in throughout the holiday season, it is nice to have some extra delights on hand. For years our family has enjoyed Christmas food baskets that we have shared with family and friends.

One year my father was in the hosipital so no one had a chance to shop for guests that were coming. The gift basket literally saved the day and fed everyone! It was complete with coffee, the meal and dessert.

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Christmas Poll

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Will you be traveling home for the Christmas Holiday?

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No matter where you go or what you do, memories are in the making. Why not share some of your favorite memories and take us all down memory lane?

This week's challenge on my: Daily Favor Blog

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Come back soon, and bring friends!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      lbrummer I'm sure your sisters would appreciate this gift, especially if it's filled with lots of fun memories you had while growing up and with family.

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      This is such a fun gift idea. I'm thinking my sisters would love one. Great hub!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      @Sylvestermouse: It was a great success for the family. One gift I still treasure.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      What a wonderful idea, great craft and precious gift idea!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @MarcellaCarlton: What a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Grandpa always wore bib overalls (the ones with the stripe and a pocket in the front). When he got set down to eat he always plopped his false teeth in the pocket. He did however get dressed up once in a while. He would simply put a suit jacket over hid bib overalls! This is a wonderful lens and a great idea.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love this idea. I think I might make one for my sister next year.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @CharMarie: Thanks, nice to meet you.

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      Just being together with my family at Christmas and sharing the magic that fills the air this time of year! That and, of course, celebrating Jesus' birth is what Christmas is all about! Loved your lens! Can't wait for Christmas!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Seems like two peas in a pod. We shared some great times.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Your memory #51 made me chuckle. My cousins and I did that same eavesdropping through the heater vents. I love these types of gifts and appreciate your focus on making, sharing, and keeping memories alive. Christmas blessings to you and your loved ones.

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      bikerministry 4 years ago

      Awesome idea. Thank you for taking the time to put this together.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A lovely idea!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      What a wonderful idea - I'm the recipients would be thrilled, and what fun to stroll down memory lane while making the memory jar!

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Memory jar sound like a great idea. Thanks for introducing it to me!

      (And Merry Christmas to you too!)

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      mrducksmrnot 4 years ago

      Wonderful idea and lot's more fun. I usually wrote a letter to each of my children recapping all different times throughout their life of growing up. Keeps my brain working also. Beautiful lens, ideas and memories you shared. Now who's that babysitter you fired so everyone will know?(:.))

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @mrducksmrnot: It was my mom :) I love the idea of writing a letter to the kids each year. A wonderful thing I'm sure they won't forget.

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      dessertlover 4 years ago

      Cute idea! I love this to keep track of memories throughout the year!

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      Thankfultw 4 years ago

      I read this at the perfect time. I will make one for my 81 year old father who just started dialysis. We can read one on the days he has to go, to help with the anxiety, and promote happy thoughts. Thank you so much!

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      Escapes2 4 years ago

      I love this idea! A memory jar would be a great Christmas gift for my mom.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      I am so glad you visited my lens allowing me to come find this gem. I have been pondering and pondering what to give my granddaughter for graduation as she will be leaving 2 months later for College. This is the most perfect gift! I can make a memory jar so when she gets lonely or wants to feel a part of home she has the memories there! Or instead of that it can be an inspiration jar, or a combination :) I'm pretty creative ...so I will adapt it, but this really is just perfect!

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I never heard of a memory jar before. What a nice idea.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      What a wonderful idea for a present! I might actually make one of these for someone special on his birthday this year...and I'm definitely bookmarking this lens to remember for Christmastime.

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      What a marvelous idea! Blessed.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I made a memory jar for myself several years ago, to read when I needed cheering up. It really worked!

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      My first time to know about this memory jar. I will definitely introduce this to my family or at work next Chritsmas. I enjoyed reading this one! Thumbs up!

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      michael kapsner 5 years ago

      Very nicely done!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens.

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      I made two memory jars for both my girls this last Christmas. :)

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      I made two memory jars for both my girls this last Christmas. :)

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens - great idea. I'll do one! Blessed.

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      so many great ideas! blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      This is delightful. I wish I had seen this before Christmas...I know exactly what we are doing next year now! Blessed.

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      Oracle Post 5 years ago

      A great idea for Christmas indeed! Thanks for sharing!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Terrific lens, and what an idea..have never heard of this. You were very detailed with this lens. Nice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Eggnog, this is a great lens!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      It's a good idea, my favourite memorys are having fun buying goofy gifts as a kids.

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      bharat01 5 years ago

      Hey really never thought about this gift before, superb lens, keep it up your great work......:)

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      An amazing, wonderful idea!! Thank you so much. I won't have time to do this for 2011 but next year... you bet I will do this. Great lens.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      This is a lovely idea and a great way to create a meaningful gift that's not all about how much it cost.

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      Organic-Squidster 5 years ago

      This is full of really great ideas - a top notch lens!

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      daedrea lm 5 years ago

      This is such a great idea...I will most definitely be making this for all my friends and family this year and if not then next year... Thanks, if I was a squid angel I would send you blessings :)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a wonderful idea. I love the concept. Next year, I think I will definitely be making one. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a lovely idea for a Christmas gift! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      This is a really great gift idea. Instead of giving an object that will wear out. You are drawing together the past and bringing together something for the future. I like it!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      What an excellent gift idea and lens. Very good how to complete with examples and places to purchase the needed sundries. Thanks for sharing. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Jomar1 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens so much. Some of it brought back nice memories. Keep up the good work. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

      Joseph and Mary

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never heard of this gift idea before, but it's a great one! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blessed! Please add this to my Zazzle and Blessings for November 2011 lens.

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      toyfairy 5 years ago

      This is a great homemade gift idea. I'm trying to make some unique homemade gifts every year with my kids and I think this would be a great one for this year.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      That is such a LOVELY idea.. a memory jar.. THUMBS UP on this lens for sure!

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      A memory jar is a great Christmas gift.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      Thats a lovely idea. Blessed.

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      DevandElizabeth 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Love the Jars

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      BelindaBlevins 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      mazbond 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens! Memory Jars are a great idea for Christmas. I have never heard of them before. One funny memory from years ago is my dad bought a tape recorder at Christmas and hid the microphone and secretly recorded my nan and uncle talking. My poor nan spent the rest of the evening worrying whether the tape recorder was on or not!

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      PamelaDW 5 years ago

      Great lens. And I loved reading your family memories.

      "Help me" indeed!

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      the_true 5 years ago

      wow nice lens, Merry Christmas ....

      create poll what gift that you demand for this Christmas also nice

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Sweet Lens, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Merry Christmas!

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      markettrol 5 years ago

      We celebrate on the 24th...big dinner, kids open gifts...adults take memories of pictures

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dad saying, "Let's go to Grandma Dorthies so I can pick up my black socks." My grandma on moms side got my dad one pair of black socks every year. To Funny. Great lens thanks for the memories and idea.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it was raining and the bellboy chased us and gave us an umbrella. we were not guests of that hotel.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Making memory jars and giving them as Christmas gifts is a great and very original idea!

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      rorymullen lm 5 years ago

      A simlpe wonderful Lens with great information for DIYers.

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      Oosquid 5 years ago

      What a splendid idea. A truly personal gift. Thank you for your superbly detailed lens on how to make a fitting memory jar.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      This is a really cool idea actually. Thanks for sharing I would never have come up with this on my own! :)

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      MyTimeAlone 5 years ago

      Thanks for checking out my lens on the issues with schools. I love the memory jar idea. You are right on when you said that it gets harder to buy gifts for everyone.

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      My sister made an anniversary gift that was a box with a glass display, resembled a deep picture frame. She filled it with items that were part of my parents lives, a set of keys, picture of a gravel truck, little nick-nacks that were so much a part of their lives. Thinking of it reminded me of a poem I wrote for my mom, I hope it's okay to share.

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      All the Thing's We Love (You are Our Mother)

      The dew on the green

      In the early morning hour

      The sunsets seen

      The petals of the flower

      Skies of blue

      A contented sigh

      Things old and new

      Fresh apple pie

      The woodpecker's taps

      And summer rains

      Afternoon naps

      And candy canes

      A northern's fight

      A whittler's whittle

      A child's delight

      And peanut brittle

      A rooster's crow

      Canning beets

      The first snow

      And flannel sheets

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      My family all together, all the nieces and nephews when they were little, 4 older sisters and their husbands, mom and dad and so many gifts. My dad got a video camera and him and my mom were trying to figure out how to use it; they recorded the first Christmas with my wife, we'd only been married 4 months. Priceless.

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      ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

      What a lovely idea to make a christmas jar - think I will give it a try :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed my visit tonight, 'liked' it for ya.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love groups coming to the house for Christmas carols.

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      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

      I just love having the whole house filled with the wonderful aroma of dinner cooking in the kitchen, a table full of holiday treats I made, Christmas music playing, and drinking hot cider while we decorate the tree.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      Really nice idea! No wonder it was featured. :o) I'd like to incorporate this into some things we do. Thank you!

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Great page.

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      NYThroughTheLens 5 years ago

      Wonderful heartwarming idea. I have so many special holiday memories. It's really hard to pick one. I just really love the cozy feeling during the holidays!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading about your memories, especially the fairy tale wedding of Dee's. One of my favorite Christmas is when my kids woke up on Christmas morning and couldn't stop screaming out of excitement that Santa came.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      What a great idea. Thanks.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh, the one Christmas, in Cleveland, Ohio, that I chased Santa out the back door, through the yard and over the fence. Then he lost me.

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      I love this "memory jar" idea!! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Page. A lot of work.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Love the idea of a memory jar!

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      cinstress 5 years ago

      great idea

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a really good idea, and I'd never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try to start my Christmas shopping a bit earlier this year too, as I normally leave it until December and all the shops are packed!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Just got my angel wings, and love this lens so much, had to pop back and bless it! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This puts me even more in the Spirit of Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Great lens and a wonderful family gift idea. Well done!

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      For some reason, shopping for a container of red poinsettias come to mind. It was dusk, and had began to sprinkle rain. It was a happy time. Your memory jar is sweet ... lots of happy memories!

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      HeartBroken62 5 years ago

      Having everyone over for a Christmas Party with all the Goodies that I have made for them from scratch...I Love to see them all smile...wish it would be that way this year...sigh.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Had to pop back here for some more inspiration! I'm creating this for my mother-in-law, and I'm sooo excited - I know she's going to love it! And it's going to be a fabulous surprise as I'm certain she's never heard of anything like it before. :)

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      @wolfie10: What a great idea for a gift.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a gift.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a gift.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sweet memories are made of these!

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      robbbin 5 years ago

      Nice idea the memory jar. I think I can reuse it for other stuff too ;)

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      Will try this ediea this year.Write more lens,you seems to have great idea :)

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      babyandme 5 years ago

      Great lens and great ideas! Handmade gifts are always more special.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a beautiful and meaningful idea to give to loved ones! =D *Squid Angel Blessed!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done! Picking the memories must surely be the hardest part but what fun!

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      good idea. thank you as these make good gifts

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I want to make some of these. My sisters will have a lot of fun reading the memory slips. What a terrific idea. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

      You've explained it very well.

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      BuildingBlockToys 5 years ago

      Making a memory jar can really help to count our blessings for Christmas. Great idea - I should try it out this time!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I think my parents would really enjoy receiving something like this. Thank you for the inspiration, and excellent step-by-step instructions.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      What a Fabulous idea! I actually hadn't heard of this before - I think it's Brilliant, and I'm definitely going to do it for Christmas this year! :)

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      mivvy 5 years ago

      What a lovely idea, I never thought of a memory jar. I'll introduce it to my family

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      Steven Cousley 5 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      What else can I say but, "Thanks for the memories". :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Memory Jar is a great idea and the memories that you shared reminded me of some of my own. I also like the stock pot with soup fixins'. I can almost smell the ham cooking. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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