A few years ago while shopping at my local Sam's Club around Christmas, I discovered a glass jar with mini candy canes inside for around $10.00. I immediately grabbed it and placed it in my cart. The candy canes were appropriately festive for the season, but what I really wanted was that big glass jar. I had plans for it; when I saw it I knew I wanted to use it to minister to my family and friends who visited our home.
So home it came with me, and when the last candy cane was gone, I began to personalize it. I went to Michael's and bought some pretty ribbon and tied it around the middle in a big bow. And then I filled it with homemade cookies and placed it right in the middle of the coffee table so people could help themselves to some homemade hospitality....and, over the years, they have!
Children and mommies and grandparents and bachelor friends and teenagers....everybody loves to "visit" the big glass goodie jar!
At one point it was my goal to never let the glass jar get empty.
It has held all kinds of goodies:
My mother had her own kind of glass jar, often filled with peppermint and cinnamon and clove sticks, that sat on the coffee table in the family room of my childhood home. Everyone loved her glass jar too...or at least the neighbor children did. They even made a visit to the jar one day when nobody was home!
There's just something about a glass jar filled with something good to eat sitting out on the coffee table that says...
"...come on in and make yourself at home..."
....and people really do!