Jason F. Wright

Christmas Jars website

Barnes and Noble

Penny Paisley and her family have a special Christmas tradition. All year long they collect their loose change and drop it in a glass jar on the kitchen counter. Then, each December, Penny and her family make their most exciting decision of the year: Who will receive the Paisley Family Christmas Jar? This year, Penny gets to choose what to do with the jar, and she has something special in mind.

“Instead of just giving our jar to only one person or one family, what if we gave it to the entire neighborhood?” said Penny. “We could use the Christmas Jar money to have the biggest and best party anyone has ever been to. No one will ever forget it!”

To earn money for the Christmas Jar, Penny sets up a hot chocolate stand in front of her house. Mr. Charlie, the kind elderly man across the street, is her best customer. He even helps her make invitations for the party. But when Mr. Charlie becomes ill, Penny sets a new plan in motion and gets the whole neighborhood involved. Yes, this will be a Christmas and a party that no one will ever forget!