The Jug Party


The Jug Party comes from a tradition started by my hubby’s father when hubby and the sibs were kids. Hubby is one of six kids. Everyday Dad C. would come home and empty the change from his pocket into a jug. He did this throughout the year.

Each year before Christmas, the family would gather around the table and dump the coins from the jug onto the tabletop. Everyone would make a guess as to how much money was collected. They would then proceed to count the coins and roll them into wrappers.

The money was divided between the siblings to purchase Christmas gifts for each other. The person with the closest guess to the actual amount won the extra change that could not be rolled.

As the years passed, the adult siblings still gathered for the annual Jug Party. Now, however, they each brought their own jug of change. We would sponsor a family for Christmas. But all the other rules still applied.


With the original siblings all grown up and with families of their own, the tradition has returned to the children. It’s a nice little tradition that provides the kids with some spending money of their own for Christmas. But most of all, it gives them a small piece of Grandpa C. who passed away before any of his children were even out of school. There is something special about remembering those who have come before us at this loving time of year.


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~ by bloggingexperiments on December 20, 2008.

5 Responses to “The Jug Party”

  1. That is such a sweet story and such a nice thing to do.

  2. My dad used to do this with us. He would split it between my brother & me, and the extra would go back into the jar. We would do it for mothers day though. It’s a great idea for Christmas. We give our son $10 & then take him to the dollar store & have him do his Christmas shopping. We have seen him buy lots of funny and memorable gifts. One year he got my dad a back of little debbie cakes, he said it was because he knew my dad loved cake. We could not stop laughing it is something we will always remember. He also got my brother a small little bouncy ball one year & mind you my brother is 26, he said it was because he felt he needed a way to avoid stress! lol!
    Sorry for going on & on. Think I might have had too much coffee this morning. 🙂

  3. What a great idea…and I like that you now sponsor a family with the jug money. I read this just in time to begin the tradition in our own house. Thank you!

  4. That’s a really sweet tradition.

    My gramma used to give me all her pennies and then I’d wrap them up at the end of the year.

  5. We have tons of traditions, which are kind of odd since it usually revolves around doing something “new” each year. We decide how to do the tree each year (always different), then decide how to decorate it and do ornaments. We also make a list of things to do — some that worked last year, some new things we want to try. The overall theme is to spend time with my girls!

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