The Christmas Jars tradition:
“…one by one, family members will empty their pockets and delight at the cling-clang of change hitting the empty glass bottom. Most days will yield a quarter, a dime, perhaps two nickels and a stray penny. Occasionally Mother will make change for herself by drop- ping in a worn dollar bill and pulling out an appropriate combination of cool silver coins. Over the months that follow, the gathering change will leave no recognizable void. Occasionally the temptation to borrow for laundry, a movie, or the ice-cream truck will float through the house, over the jar, and out the back door. But it never lands. The money is spoken for.” (Excerpt from Christmas Jars, copyright 2005, published by Shadow Mountain.)
Christmas Jars, a New York Times Bestselling novella by Jason Wright, first became a phenomenon during the 2005 holiday season. Readers across America reacted to the message of daily giving and sacrifice by creating their own Christmas Jars.
Today, thousands of glass jars rest on kitchen countertops, slowly collecting the spare change generated each and every day. On Christmas Eve, each jar, now overflowing with both money and goodwill, will anonymously find a new home. In turn, the grateful recipients will put the money to good use in their lives and begin their own jar. Thus hearts and lives are changed and the cycle continues.
This short story follows in the tradition and spirit of Christmas Jars. If you’ve read the original, you’ll love this sweet addition to the Christmas Jars family.
“Santa” and his wife Pauline were unable to have children. However, Pauline loved children so much that “Santa” ended up loving them mightily, too. So, when a church Santa became ill one year, “Santa” stepped in to take his place, and just kept doing it every year thereafter.
A Christmas Jar for Santa, by Jason F. Wright, is a short, short story-only nine or ten pages long. I had planned on reviewing a book length Christmas story, but this one . . . this one couldn’t and wouldn’t allow me to ignore it. It left a lasting impression on me as I’m sure it will on you, too when you read it.
There are at least four more Christmas Jar stories, and I can’t wait to read them all.
Merry, Merry Christmas in July!