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Give an Anonymous Money Jar as a New Family Holiday Tradition

A Christmas Jar or Holiday Money Jar is a wonderful tradition to help spread the holiday spirit and encourage random acts of kindness. Consider starting a new family tradition this year, pass on the spirit of the holiday and give a money jar anonymously to someone who could really use one.

If you are looking for ways to create holiday memories with your children and a tradition that can be carry on for many years, read more about the Christmas Jar, Anonymous Holiday Money Jar or if you want to be politically correct, the Ramahanukwanzmas 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.

Other Christmas Classic's from Mr. Wright include Penny's Christmas Miracle Jar as a version for kids and Christmas Jars Reunion.

Spreading the Spirit of the Holidays

I discovered the story of Christmas Jars in 2008 while researching for my lens on How to Make a Christmas Spirit Jar and discovered this wonderful tradition.

Jason's message of the Christmas Jars was very much in line with what I was trying to do and with what I have been doing with creating groups and lenses on Giving Back and working with the Squidoo Activists.

He is encouraging people to give back, to practice random acts of kindness and to look for opportunities to help people. Most of all he has found a way for people to spread the spirit of the holiday...whichever holiday you might be celebrating.

Learn about the spirit of the jar.

Christmas Jars Story on Amazon

Christmas Jars is a story about the power of giving and how giving can transform a person.

Vote on the Christmas Jars Tradition

Christmas Jar Author's Interview with Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck, host of the Glenn Beck Show on CNN Headline News, interviewed Jason Wright and briefly discussed the book Christmas Jars and the exciting new tradition.

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Christmas Jars Book Set

Start with a Christmas Jars Boxed set to bring the Christmas Jars tradition into your home.

Video Stories about the Christmas Jar

See how the story of the Christmas Jar is making a difference in the lives of the people who receive a jar and the people who give.

Stories about the Christmas Jar

  • Brassy Apple: Christmas Jar - tradition for the new year
    A few years ago the Christmas Jars book was recommended to me for some "Christmas" reading. They said I would want to start a Christmas Jar of my own after reading it. They were right! It's one of those books that makes you want move forward with act
  • Jason Wright: 10 standout Christmas Jar miracles from 2011
    It's the most wonderful time of the year! True Christmas Jar miracles are pouring into my inbox nearly every time I download new email. They come from both jar givers and receivers and span religion, race and region.
  • The Christmas Jar… A Simple Act Can Change A Life
    Clink, Clink, Clink… This is the sound of hope, the sound of a chance to help a person in greater need than myself.
  • A CHRISTMAS JAR | Conservative Vermont Vet
    A Christmas Jar is a pickle jar, peanut butter jar, Mason jar or whatever else you have around to collect your spare change each day. All coins are dedicated to the jar, and during the week before Christmas you carefully select someone to give it to
  • 'Christmas Jar' saga lives on | Deseret News
    In 2005 when Jason F. Wright wrote a little Christmas story about love, finding oneself, and filling a jar with spare change and giving it away, he had no
  • Random Acts of Kindness | Everyday Ramblings of My Life
    MY neighbor, her family of 6 struggles on 1 income and they will be moving within the next week to a less expensive home. She called me yesterday to tell me about her Christmas miracle. Her family received a Christmas Jar.
  • Our Christmas Jar Update | Everyday Ramblings of My Life
    For those of you who remember my RAOK post, or the beginnings of our Christmas Jar from 12/29/11, I just wanted to give a small update on our progress. We are still continuing our quest to make a difference when the Christmas 2012 Holiday season roll
  • Christmas Jar | The Creative Mama
    To help my children think beyond what they will be "getting" for Christmas, we started doing a "Christmas Jar" a few years back to help them serve others during Christmas. We use an empty canning jar for our "Christmas Jar" and fill it up with loose
  • "Christmas Jar" Book Inspiring Families | ksl.com
    A book titled "Christmas Jars" is inspiring Utah families to start a new holiday tradition. The story follows a woman who receives a jar full of money one Christmas from an anonymous source; now that story is changing Christmas for one Provo family.

Give a Christmas Jar or Holiday Money Jar

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Suggestions to Make Your Own Christmas Jar

Making your own Christmas, Holiday or Ramahanukwanzmas jar is easy.


  1. Take a jar - pickle, mayonnaise, canning
  2. Wash it out.
  3. Throughout the year drop in your spare change.
  4. Once it is in the jar don't touch it.
  5. Let the change add up over the course of a year.
  6. During the holiday season, find someone to give it to anonymously.
  7. You may want to add a note about the tradition of the Christmas or Holiday Jar.

Christmas Jars Available on Amazon

Find an old jar around the house or pick a jar to get started making your own Christmas jar.

Christmas Labels, Stamps and Tags

Christmas labels, stamps and tags to use for decorating a Christmas Jar. Create your own tags using stamps and markers on kraft paper or colored tags.

Possible Recipients for Your Holiday Money Jar

There are many different places that you could take your Christmas Jar or Holiday Money Jar.

Here are just a few:


  1. A deserving family in your neighborhood.
  2. A deserving family associated with your church or place of worship.
  3. A local women's shelter.
  4. A local animal shelter.
  5. Your favorite local charity.
  6. A local children's hospital.
  7. A local senior's center.
  8. A local hospice.
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Make Your Own Christmas Spirit Jar

Harlan Miller's quote was the inspiration to create a jar of Christmas spirit to pass on as a gift to someone.

  • I wish we could put up
  • some of the Christmas spirit in jars
  • and open a jar of it every month.

I put together another lens with several examples and simple directions to make your own Christmas Spirit Jar from supplies you probably even have at home.

You could even turn your Christmas Jars or Holiday Money Jars into Christmas Spirit Jars. Fill with money or Ferrero Rocher Chocolates and give it away.

Image Source:

Composite Image from Cris DeRaud's Apothecary Jar, Billy Alexander's Labels and Camila Schnaibel's Labels. All Royalty Free Use.

Cameron and his Christmas Jars

This young man, Cameron Birch, died of cancer shortly after this video was shot in early 2006. He received this money anonymously for Christmas 2005. He didn't want to keep it. Instead he chose to spend it on toys for other children in the hospital. Cameron is a Christmas Jar pioneer.

Cameron's Story

From the Christmas Jars website, a story that embodies the Christmas Spirit.

  • Late one night just before Christmas, a knock at the door changed our family forever. The kids rushed from the family room and threw open the door to find nothing but the cold December night. In place of a visitor, there were two large jars sitting on our porch. Each was labeled in bright letters, "Christmas Jar." Attached to one of them was a copy of the book Christmas Jars and a note. The note explained how the anonymous giver had read this book and how it had changed his life. My oldest two sons each brought a jar inside and excitedly unscrewed the lids. One jar was filled with pennies. The other was filled with other change and some paper money.
  • I had just read the book and so I retold the story as well as I could. We talked about what it means to give unselfishly to others. We tried to figure out what generous person might have left the jars. Cameron was very excited that someone would do that for him and his family. He understood we got the jars because he had cancer. A light that had been dimmed by illness burned a little brighter in Cameron's eyes that night. This simple act of giving stopped - for just one night - the steady march of a terrible disease.
  • Cameron decided to take the money from the Christmas Jars and use it to buy the toys for the hospital's playroom.

Christmas Jars Reunion

Author Jason Wright talks about the follow up book to Christmas Jars, Christmas Jars Reunion Book.

Christmas Jars Reunion Book

Find out what happens to Hope in the sequel to the Christmas Jars story.

Learn more about Christmas Jars

Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle by Jason F. Wright

Trailer for the new children's book, Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle, by New York Times bestselling author Jason F. Wright and illustrated by Ben Sowards.

Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle on Amazon

Teach children about the Christmas Jar story with Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle.

Give a Ramahanukwanzmas Jar or Holiday Jar

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If you don't celebrate Christmas, you can give a the politically correct Ramahanukwanzmas Jar.

Image Composite from Microsoft Image, Corel Images and Camila Schnaibel's Labels 1.

The Christmas Jars Foundation

The overall goal of the Christmas Jar Foundation is to create Christmas Jar miracles in every community across the country by spreading the Christmas Jars giving tradition through public and private schools, through churches and through retail establishments and the corporate community.

Christmas Jar Books by Jason F. Wright on Amazon

Jason Wright and Christmas Jars Interview

Jason Wright discusses his book Christmas Jars on KSL television's Studio 5.

Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest on Amazon

The book by Dick Van Dyke mentioned by Jason Wright on his interview with KSL studio.

Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest on eBay

Copies of Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest can also be found on eBay.

More Ideas for Filling Christmas Jars

What do you think about the Christmas Jar or Holiday Money Jar tradition?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Reader Feedback on Christmas Jars

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on May 17, 2014:

@williamslaw: The idea has really taken off the last couple of years. A fun way of giving back to others.

williamslaw on May 07, 2014:

Fabulous idea! I love it.

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on January 20, 2014:

I think it's fantastic. Great lens.

TanjaCrouch on December 17, 2013:

Awesome lens. We read the book and started a jar a few years ago. It is a wonderful tradition.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on November 18, 2013:

@MelanieKaren: You can also give of your time, which is another way to help others.

Melanie Wilcox from Pennsylvania, USA on November 14, 2013:

this is truly beautiful - we don't have a lot of extra to give, but we surely have more than others. I will be doing this this holiday season - what an inspirational lens!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on November 11, 2013:

@girlfriendfactory: It was a very popular idea last year. Love thinking that so many people may be getting Christmas jars this year for Christmas because if reading this lens.

girlfriendfactory on November 11, 2013:

I love it! It's my most pinned pin on Pinterest!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on September 09, 2013:

@CharMarie: The idea caught like wildfire last Christmas. I hope many others will do the same this year.

CharMarie on September 09, 2013:

I think this is an awesome idea! I won't be able to save much before Christmas this year, but I'd love to start this as a family tradition for next year! Thanks so much for sharing this lens!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on August 20, 2013:

@anonymous: It has been a very popular tradition the last couple of years.

anonymous on August 20, 2013:

Nice tradition which until reading your lens I knew nothing about! Great stuff

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on May 01, 2013:

@accfuller: Thank you. I think you can give out Christmas jars any time of the year.

accfuller on April 29, 2013:

What a nice idea ... :) I've had a number of random acts of kindness over the past few days! A large number of people have been visiting my Save Our Parks lenses. Something very much appreciated on our mission. I gave you a squid-like and a g+1 ... :)

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on March 11, 2013:

@myoyster1957: Glad you enjoyed the lens.

myoyster1957 on March 10, 2013:

What a wonderful story of hope and what a wonderful idea, I was most touched reading this. I am so glad this lens won the Purple Star. Have a wonderful day

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on January 28, 2013:

@laurenrich: I am hoping there will be a lot more Christmas Jars given out this year too.

laurenrich on January 27, 2013:

I think the Christmas Jar is a wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing this great tradition.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on January 07, 2013:

@Alex-45: Thank you

Alex-45 on January 06, 2013:

What a lovely idea. Thank you for such an inspiring lens.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on January 04, 2013:

@Judith Nazarewicz: Thank you.

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on January 04, 2013:

I really love this idea! Great lens!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 28, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for the publicity.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 28, 2012:

@otherlleft: I agree. Don't know how that would happen though.

otherlleft on December 28, 2012:

It would be fun to read stories of how people achieved the anonymous gifting of these jars.

anonymous on December 28, 2012:

Great idea, squidliked, G+1 and pinned

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 25, 2012:

@carocwn: It is a helpful reminder of this season about giving.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 25, 2012:

@linfcor: It is a fairly new tradition.

Linda F Correa from Spring Hill Florida on December 25, 2012:

Thank you, I had never heard about this tradition-great lens

anonymous on December 25, 2012:

Merry Christmas.

carocwn on December 25, 2012:

Lovely lens about giving:)

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 25, 2012:

@thebreakthroughmarketer: I think it is about sharing too.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 25, 2012:

@mrdata: Thank you.

mrdata on December 25, 2012:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Wishing you big success for 2013...

thebreakthroughmarketer on December 25, 2012:

This is what Christmas is really about. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 24, 2012:

@writerkath: Thank you.

writerkath on December 24, 2012:

Beautiful idea! So glad you got a Purple Star for this! Merry Christmas! :)

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 24, 2012:

@Glenda Motsavage: Thank you for the kudos.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 24, 2012:

@grannyann lm: They would have been great for the Hurricane Sandy survivors. Still helpful for them for next year too.

Glenda Motsavage from The Sunshine State on December 23, 2012:

What an inspirational (and challenging) lens - this is why I love Squidoo! Will most definitely be putting this creative idea into practice. Thanks for sharing...and congrats on the well-deserving Purple Star! Merry Christmas!

Ann Scaling Tucker from Enid, OK on December 23, 2012:

What a NEAT idea. That would have been great this year for the Jersey Shore Hurricane people. This deserves a very special Squid Angel dusting. Have a great holiday season.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 23, 2012:

@NausetViews: It really is a great tradition to teach children about giving to others.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 23, 2012:

@burntchestnut: Maybe there is a need for a year 'round anonymous donor jar.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 23, 2012:

@PNWtravels: They have been around for awhile. Seemed to have taken off this year with Pinterest.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 23, 2012:

@Cavedweller: Merry Christmas to you too.

Cavedweller on December 23, 2012:

Great idea....Merry Christmas!

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on December 23, 2012:

I hadn't heard of Christmas Jars - what a lovely idea!

burntchestnut on December 23, 2012:

A Christmas Jar is a great idea. Let's hope people continue to give jars throughout the year, too. People can use a helping hand throughout the year.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 23, 2012:

@LynetteBell: It is a wonderful way to share at the holidays.

poldepc lm on December 23, 2012:

congrats on your purple star lens

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 22, 2012:

@MJ Martin: Thank you

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 22, 2012:

@Dressage Husband: It is very easy to do, especially if you start at the beginning of the year.

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on December 22, 2012:

purple star congrats too!

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on December 22, 2012:

Fantastic idea, thank you, great lens.

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on December 22, 2012:

Nice idea...not heard of it before.

Kristen from Boston on December 22, 2012:

Love the idea. What a great tradition to start with my kids. Thank you.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 22, 2012:

I really like the idea behind this, I may give it a try.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 22, 2012:

@PrincessMe18: It is a great way to celebrate Christmas by giving to others.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 22, 2012:

@Stazjia: I think so too. Thank you.

PrincessMe18 on December 22, 2012:

Nice idea.. a new way of celebrating Christmas this year.

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on December 22, 2012:

This sounds like an idea that embodies the true spirit of Christmas.