Start a Family Memory Jar for the New Year

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By Carissa Garabedian, Publisher of Macaroni Kid Richmond, VA January 2, 2023

Here is a neat way to start off the year. Even kids mention how fast time is going, and this will be a way to help hold onto some memories of the current year. It is sometimes hard to recall the things you did and the moments that mattered. Even the special small moments can now be recorded along with the bigger milestones.

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  • Mason Jar, Clear Vase, Empty Clean Jar or container
  • Paint
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitter
  • Stickers
  • Writing Gear like pencils, pens, markers, crayons
  • Small pieces of Paper

How to:

Step 1: Just decorate the container using the supplies above

Step 2: Keep it in an open space that everyone has access to. Have slips of paper and a writing utensil nearby. 

Step 3: When you have a moment you want to remember, or at least once a week, drop pieces of paper about them in the jar. Things to write down include any special moments, memories, experiences, and laughs.

How to Use It:

Next New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, spend some time with your family reading all that was shared inside. When you are done reading the notes, you can place them all in a large plastic zipper bag and label with the year, put them in a photo album for the year or paste them onto scrapbook pages for years to come.

Macaroni Tips:  

  • Another ideas for this new tradition are to use a journal and write in that instead
  • Have one jar or journal for each child in the family.

Any way you do it, it is a fun and simple way to help archive the little things that matter. 

I am starting ours today!

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This previously posted article has been updated December 27, 2022

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