The idea of a Christmas jar has been going around since 2005. It's when you save coins throughout the entire year and during Christmas time give it to someone who could use it. It can be a stranger, a friend, or a even a family member. There's even a whole book about it and stories from others on the internet (which I put below). My first year adviser and professor told me about the Christmas jar and I really wanted to do it after she explained it to me! I am so grateful that she is my first year adviser. She made college feel like home and made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to. She helped me excel in my first year and gave me confidence. She helped me beyond just my classes and into the social part of college and I am so glad she led me in the right direction. For our first year seminars at Elizabethtown we take a fun class that teaches us what we need to know to do well in college. My professor taught me Simple Living. I had heard of tiny homes before that class, but there is so much more to simple living! (Maybe I'll do some blogs on it later!) But her class has literally changed my life. Now, I feel like the whole "changed my life" thing you're probably saying sure maybe for now. But I strongly believe it has changed my life for my entire future (and in a good way). It not only has changed my actions, but the way I think. One day in class she asked us to write our life purpose and that was a big eye opener for me. In ten words write what you want to accomplish in your life. For me that was helping others and making others happy. In an office I can make others happy and help people, but not to the extent of what I really want to do. It was her class that made me realize I wanted to retire early and really think about how I can impact others. It was her class that made me want to write a blog. It was her class that made me realize I can do what I really want to do and live in way that I don't have to be poor doing it. Everything she has taught me left me excited to do it for myself. Living frugally is something that I seriously try to do in my life now. For our final project we wrote a research paper and had the option to choose a topic relating to simplicity and I chose happiness. I loved seeing the different ways others can be happy and how to make one happy. The Simple Living Movement is definitely something that makes people happy and it is a path that I want to take. My professor impacted and led me through so many things and I am so grateful for her!
Going all the way back to the Christmas Jar, grab a mason jar next time you're at the store or rinse out your spaghetti sauce jar and keep the lid and fill it up with coins as the year goes. Your coins could impact someone else's life and possibly help them in ways that you never thought was possible. Make sure to read stories of how it impacted others below! :)