As y’all might know, we’ve been saving in our Christmas Jar all year long…
I encourage you to read the book, Christmas Jars, as I cannot retell the story so beautifully. But the premise behind the Christmas Jar is that you contribute to it throughout the year. Your pocket change. A few spare dollars. And every time you do so, your spirits are lifted. On Christmas eve, you anonymously give the jar to someone in need.
Now, in conjunction with finding a recipient for our Christmas Jar, I also had “Spend Christmas Eve doing random acts of kindness (I have talked about this for three years)” on my 40×41 bucket list. So, we set off after lunch each armed with $20 and our jar! We brainstormed ways we might each want to use our money and we all had different ideas. Honey wanted to give his to someone – cold hard cash. I shopped for a little care package for a family at the hospital, Mother shopped for a child, Whit shopped for various snacks and toys, and John spent his on a whole bunch of Subway sandwiches and bottles of Coke. We then hit town to find recipients. I do want y’all to know that I’m not sharing this for a pat on the back. But rather to simply share the idea. It was the most humbling Christmas Eve I’ve ever spent and I will say that we will NEVER forget the look on the person’s face that received our jar. It nearly brings me to tears just thinking about it.
Back at home, we got started on our Christmas Eve preparations. First it was cookies and an ice cold Co-Cola for Santa…
And then the group headed outside to leave snacks for the reindeer. It was one foggy Christmas Eve!
And piled in for a Twas the Night Before Christmas bedtime story before it was off to the bunk room for the littles.
Once they were all fast asleep, our annual adult wrapping party kicked off. Wine, music, gifts…
And would you believe that Sister, the last one up, discovered the reindeer hoof prints and even snapped a pic of jolly old St. Nick himself?!?!
Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours!