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How to Make a Christmas Spirit Jar

Composite Image by Kirsti A. Dyer from Sanja Gjenero's Cooking Salt 2 and Daniel Deak Bardos's Label 1.

Composite Image by Kirsti A. Dyer from Sanja Gjenero's Cooking Salt 2 and Daniel Deak Bardos's Label 1.

Give a Jar Filled with Christmas Spirit

Keeping the Christmas Spirit alive the year 'round is something that many people would like to do.

Creating a Christmas Spirit Jar is a simple craft idea that I came up with several years ago after reading the quote by Harlan Miller,

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

The Christmas Spirit Jar is a very simple idea. It is a way that you can recycle materials at hand, making it an inexpensive gift idea, but is a gift with a very heartfelt meaning.

You can make your own Christmas Spirit Jar by using canning jars or recycling jars and decorating them with materials you already have around the house. Fill the jar with something that embodies Christmas Spirit to you.

Give your Christmas Spirit jar as a unique gift to a friend, a teacher, a caregiver or keep it as a gift to your self.

Composite Image by Kirsti A. Dyer from Sanja Gjenero's Cooking Salt 2 and Daniel Deak Bardos's Label 1.

A Wish of Christmas Spirit

I wish we could put up

some of the Christmas spirit in jars

and open a jar of it every month.

Harlan Miller

A Christmas Spirit Jar

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Christmas Spirit Jar created from Sanja Gjenero's Cooking Salt 2 and Daniel Deak Bardos's Label 1. Royalty Free Use.

Make it Yourself - Give as a Present

We make it for ourselves

and give it away for Christmas

and as presents.

Sandy Whitmyer

Composite Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Composite Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

How to Make a Christmas Spirit Jar

I realized after reading Harlan Miller's quote that it would be easy to create a jar of Christmas Spirit to pass on as a gift to someone.

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It is a quick gift to make. Several can be made for gift giving in under an hour. (These make very handy teacher's and thank you holiday gifts)

It is an inexpensive gift too, since you can recycle any jars that you might have and use other ribbons, bows, paper and tags materials at hand.

Christmas Spirit Jar created from Sanja Gjenero's Cooking Salt 2 and Daniel Deak Bardos's Label 1. Royalty Free Use.

Christmas Spirit Jar copyright © 2008 Kirsti A. Dyer

Time required: Less than 1 hour

Cost: Less than $5.00

Materials:

  • Jar or canister
  • Labels
  • Paper Tags
  • Christmas Spirit
  • Embellishments
  • Stamps (optional) and stamp pad

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Glue or Glue Dots

Instructions:

1. Find a jar or a canister. It is likely that you have a jar around, or you can clean out a food jar for the project.

2. Decide what you want to use to represent "Christmas Spirit."

* Pieces of paper with Christmas wishes.

* Paper hearts with all the things that you love.

* Fill with sticky notes of things to be grateful for.

* Use Christmas Potpourri.

* Make Christmas Spirit Sprinkles - Mix Salt or Baby Powder with glitter.

* Use tags with words that embody the spirit and meaning of Christmas.

* Fill with tiny pine cones.

* Fill with Christmas Spices.

* Use hot cocoa or peppermint candies if you want a jar that is edible.

3. Fill the jar with Christmas Spirit.

4. Print out an add a label with 'Christmas Spirit.'

5. You might want to include the Quote from Harlan Miller or any of the other quotes on this page along with the message:

This jar holds reminders of Christmas Spirit.

Open as needed whenever you want experience a reminder

of the Spirit of Christmas.

6. Give your jar as a gift.

Make another one to keep it for yourself as a reminder of the Christmas Spirit.

Jar with Cork on Amazon

Jar Labels on Amazon

Glitter for Decorating

Another Christmas Spirit Jar

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

Jar Craft Tags on Amazon

The Simplest Things Give off the Greatest Glow

When we recall Christmas past,

we usually find that the simplest things

not the great occasions

give off the greatest glow of happiness.

Bob Hope

A Blue Christmas Spirit Jar

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Image Christophe Libert's Blue Bottle 1 and Dan Shirley's WhiteLab. Royalty Free Use.

Blue Bottles on Amazon

Giving of the Christmas Spirit

It is the personal thoughtfulness,

the warm human awareness,

the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man

that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.

Isabel Currier

A White Canister Christmas Spirit Jar

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Image from Modified Microsoft Image and Ilker's Flower Banner.

Canister Set with Spoons

Canister Sets available on Amazon

Add a Small Spoon

Add a small wooden spoon if you have Christmas Spirit that needs to be scooped up.

10 Steps to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

Christmas is a time of peace, love and goodwill to all, but often all the stress and hassles of the season, many of us end up feeling more like the Grinch rather than the Spirit of Christmas.

Here are some ideas of how to get into the Christmas Spirit.

Modified From: St. Albert Church. December 2006. How to Get into the Christmas Spirit. Saint City Salvationists.

  1. Shop early. Nothing takes away the Christmas spirit like fighting for parking and struggling through crowds.
  2. Wish people that you meet in stores and other casual environments a happy holiday. Say it with a smile.
  3. Place money into the Salvation Army kettles
  4. Do something nice for someone. Offer to baby-sit so a friend can do her Christmas shopping, take cookies to your neighbors, or shovel an elderly neighbor's walk.
  5. Volunteer your time to a worthy holiday cause. Even if you are busy, you can spare an hour or two to help people less fortunate than yourself.
  6. Organize a drive at work or in your neighborhood. Collect food and personal items and donate them to a local shelter for the homeless or for battered women.
  7. Play Christmas music.
  8. Watch Christmas movies. "Elf" , "Santa Clause" is a good one for reviving a flagging Christmas spirit, as is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
  9. Read "A Christmas Carol"
  10. Decorate your house for the holidays.
  11. Don't spend more money than you have. Anxiety over after-Christmas bills can ruin your holiday.
  12. Make two Christmas Spirit Jars - one to keep one to give away.

Keeping the Christmas Spirit the Year Through

Wouldn't life be worth the living

Wouldn't dreams be coming true

If we kept the Christmas spirit

All the whole year through?

Author Unknown

Christmas Spirit in a Card

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Image Source: Rosi Maslarska. Christmas Card. Royalty Free Use.

More Ideas for Christmas Spirit in a Jar

Other people are finding ways to put Christmas Spirit in a Jar.

A Christmas Blessing

May you have

the gladness of Christmas which is hope

the spirit of Christmas which is peace and

the heart of Christmas which is love.

Ada V. Hendricks

More Ways to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

May the Spirit of Christmas Be with You

Who did you give your Christmas Spirit Jar to?

Reader Feedback on How to Make a Christmas Spirit Jar

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

@ConnieGreen LM: It is a quick, easy and meaningful Christmas gift.

ConnieGreen LM on December 25, 2012:

Great lens! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas on this

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

@ismeedee: Birthday wishes, baby wishes, wedding wishes...

ismeedee on December 25, 2012:

Beautiful idea- got my mind turning! Although Christmas is over, what about 'Birthday wishes jar'? the possibilities are endless really!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 21, 2012:

@SheGetsCreative: Thank you

Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 21, 2012:

Such a great idea - stopped by to sprinkle blessings

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 20, 2012:

@CrossCreations: It was one I came up with several years ago as a easy and fun teacher gift, but also capturing the Christmas spirit.

Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on December 20, 2012:

What a beautiful idea! LOVE this Christmas Spirit Jar idea! SO inspirational! *blessed*

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 04, 2012:

@LynetteBell: It is a really easy gift idea, especially for teachers.

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on December 04, 2012:

Nice idea:)

dawnsnewbeginning on November 22, 2012:

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on November 18, 2012:

@floppypoppygift1: It is a really easy gift to make.

floppypoppygift1 on November 18, 2012:

I love this idea. It is just the kind of project that will make kids scratch their heads and ignite important conversations in families. Cheers~cb

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 20, 2012:

I love this idea... and will probably give one to my mom this Christmas. Thanks for sharing the inspiration! I think this is a great project for people without much money, so I'm adding a link to this on my "Christmas on a Tight Budget" lens. Have a Merry Christmas, ComfortDoc Kirsti!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on October 05, 2012:

@bossypants: It really is an easy way to keep the Christmas Spirit alive throughout the year.

bossypants on October 05, 2012:

What a lovely idea! I can imagine the joy of bringing out a Christmas Spirit Jar year after year, revisiting old blessing s and adding new. A lovely tradition!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on October 05, 2012:

@annieangel1: One of my better creative ideas.

Ann from Yorkshire, England on October 05, 2012:

I love the idea of a Christmas spirit jar - I am already brimming with ideas.

justDawn1 on June 27, 2012:

Everyone should have at least one! Great lens! :)

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on March 04, 2012:

What a wonderful idea to make a Christmas spirit jar; seriously!!! :)

LewesDE on February 18, 2012:

Love this lens!

Violin-Student on December 20, 2011:

Interesting idea. We were given a clock many years ago. It plays Christmas carols at the top of each hour. We liked the idea of keeping the Christmas spirit so much that it has never been packed away between Holiday Seasons. So walk into the Haule household and you may hear Silent Night or Joy to the World even though it is the middle of July!

Thanks for this page. I'm adding it to my christmas-trains lens!

--Art Haule

miaponzo on December 10, 2011:

Thanks for these great ideas! Blessed!e

Fay Favored from USA on December 01, 2011:

I like this idea, especially the blessing jar.

squidshe on November 27, 2011:

I love this idea! I think I will make one with my daughter for her teacher this Christmas.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 18, 2011:

This is exactly the type of gift I feel so good about making and giving. Thank you for this focus on the Christmas spirit. May we celebrate it every day. *Blessed*

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on October 10, 2011:

I just love the idea of a Christmas Spirit Jar. Thank you.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on September 28, 2011:

@marigoldina: It works well as a gift that can be done in the classroom. Just have the kids bring in a jar.

termit_bronx on September 28, 2011:

I love it, love, love love it! This is a wonderful idea! I would like to have one :)

Heather B on September 28, 2011:

What a beautiful idea! It would work really well as an inexpensive gift children could give to their parents or relatives as well.

Missmerfaery444 on September 28, 2011:

What a beautiful idea! I love it!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 28, 2011:

What a charming gift/craft idea. Great lens!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 28, 2011:

What a charming gift/craft idea. Great lens!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 27, 2011:

Great idea! In this time of tight prices, these gifts could be as inexpensive as you need them to be. Thanks for sharing!

LisaDH on September 27, 2011:

What a great gift idea. I love it!

anonymous on December 27, 2010:

I keep thinking I would like to start one of these for each of my friends and add our little jokes to it all year long, then give it to them after I've filled it. Or now that I think about it, the notepad app on my iPod would be a great place to record those little quotes. :)

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Ann from Yorkshire, England on December 03, 2010:

what an absolutely wonderful idea - will feature it in my lens on unique gift ideas (it's ALMOST finished!)

blessings and hugs

wyrm11268 on December 03, 2010:

Love the Spirit Jar idea. I think I am going to make and give one to my niece.

Thank you

Mona from Iowa on December 02, 2010:

What a charming idea. I have approved the link and when I get a moment I will move it up as a featured lenses in the appropriate section. Thanks. :)

desilegend on November 26, 2010:

Great idea and costs nothing! Lensrolled you and adding to my www.squidoo.com/best-handmade-christmas-decorations-2010

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 25, 2010:

Wow, I wish I had made this uplifting lens. It really promotes a great idea and I hope many people try it out.

Marelisa on November 12, 2010:

I was just reading about how to create a "Hugs Box" (you wrap an empty box with pretty paper and ribbons and attach a tag saying that it's filled with hugs, and to just hold it when you want a hug from that person) and then I landed here. What a great idea!

The Party Animal from Partytown USA on January 01, 2009:

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piedromolinero on December 04, 2008:

This is a great idea for a Christmas gift. Not every gift must be expensive or somwhoe else measurable in money. It is the message you want to transport with the gift. Thank you for inspiring and welcome to the Christmas decorations group.

booklvr on November 29, 2008:

Thanks for the ideas! Great gift.

Tiddledeewinks LM on November 25, 2008:

Sweet idea! It reminds me of the guy who started "Give Away a Dollar a Day". (Go Google it)!

poutine on November 23, 2008:

What an inspiring idea for a gift!

anonymous on November 22, 2008:

This is great. I had never even thought of this idea. How clever. I just might try it.

Robin S from USA on November 21, 2008:

Congratulations! This wonderful lens is this week's winner at the Showcase!

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religions7 on November 18, 2008:

Inspiring AND funny. Don't know how you do it :)

Frankie Kangas from California on November 07, 2008:

Very nice gift idea. Especially for people who "have it all". 5 stars!

RinchenChodron on November 01, 2008:

Yes, I love to receive simple thoughtful gifts that someone took the time to put together. *****

Lou165 from Australia on November 01, 2008:

What a cool idea and a great lens. I love 'finding' cool jars, but this idea means that I won't have to feel guillty now I can just transform them into Christmas Spirit Jars!

The Party Animal from Partytown USA on October 26, 2008:

This is absolutely great - I do crafts for a local store and this is just perfect - I have boxes of old jars I was unsure what to do with - now I know - thanks so much for a great idea - I really love it. I give you 5 heartfelt stars and thanks for posting to my:

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