I wanted to share an idea I came across around the Christmas holidays. This idea, however, could be adapted to any time of the year. While browsing Mary Hunts website, under her archive section, I found an idea that she labels "Journal in a Jar." Mary Hunt is always coming up with ways to save money and her ideas for gifts are no exception. But, what struck me about this idea was not that it was inexpensive...all you mainly invest is your time and creativity...but that the idea behind the gift will be remembered and cherished for years, and generations to come. You basically take a mason jar and fill it with slips of paper with questions on them. Cut the questions out individually. Give the recipient a journal and pen. Have them take one question out at a time (you could do 365 for each day of the year, 52 for each week of the year...whatever number of questions suit you), and then have them write the question, or glue it to the top of the page and then answer the question on that page. When you are done, you have a wonderful journal of the important events from the life of your loved one. How precious a gift to read with your little ones, or to pass down to future generations to those who may not know grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. I just wish I had done this before my own father died. The website also gives direction in what type of questions to put in there...but you can come up with whatever you would like to ask that person. The wonderful thing about this is, it is a gift that will long be remembered...not just another gift that may have no real significance to it. And the great thing about a gift like this is that it does not have to be given at a certain time...you can do it just because! Think about creating a special keepsake for yourself and your children to enjoy. When you are finished putting the questions in, you can decorate the jar with ribbon, paper and stickers. Let your creative juices flow! If you do try it, drop me a line and let me know. I would love to hear what you came up with! Until next time!