This year I had my family over for Thanksgiving. It was the first time in a few years my brother and his family have been in town for the holiday. I planned a few activities for us to do throughout the day; but, our favorite was the Family Journal Jar. We each drew out a question about ourselves or a family memory that we had. We spent a few minutes writing our answers down and then we shared them with each other. It was a lot of fun. We learned about why I like being the oldest child, a time my husband got his car stuck in the snow in my parents driveway (on purpose) when we were dating, my sister’s weirdest dream, my brother’s favorite general authorities (LDS), my sister’s opinion on each family member, my sister-in-law’s goals for the future, my mom’s biggest bargain, and my dad’s favorite toy growing up. There were such a variety of questions and we learned a lot about each other. This was fun to do on Thanksgiving but I will definitely be pulling out the journal jar anytime we are together.
I am keeping our answers in page protectors in a notebook so we can read our family journal whenever we get together. I made my journal jar out of an empty small paint can from the hardware store. I used scrapbook paper to cover the can. I collected all my questions from several different internet sites, printed them off, and cut them out separate.
Here are the questions I chose along with the pages we recorded our answers on for you to download: