This "birthday jar" is such a special gift and could be used for any occasion. My mother had each of the children write a note or draw a picture and then put them all in a can she had decorated. It made a lovely present from my children, and they all felt they had something to give me on my birthday.
The next picture is totally unrelated to this post. It's for you, Pam (taken about a year ago. The mantle you asked about is in our 'schoolroom.' My neighbor handpainted the letters, and I did the embellishments in Acrylic.)