Here are the containers that I made, which are based on the Martha Stewart idea. I had to put one batch in a non-glass container since I was mailing it to my Grandmother in Florida. Last year I sent here a candle which unfortunately didn't make it there in one piece.
Here's the recipe if you want, because, as my husband says "it's so good".
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup of dried raisins or dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300 F. In a bowl mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.
Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finishing mixing by hand. Spread granola in a 15x10 inch baking pan.
Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in raisins/dried cranberries. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
I was actually surprised at how well they all turned out. I started with the mindset of filling four of those jars for each grandparent/set of grandparents but screwed up the math and bought way more than I needed. Instead of returning, I ended up making 8 batches. Now almost everyone gets granola for Christmas :)
I would encourage everyone to try this. I am definitely not a cook or baker but this wasn't really hard, I actually had a lot of fun making it.
These helped a little though...
Good tea and a little companionship, it was a very successful evening. Now off to enjoy Christmas festivities with my family. I hope you have a marvelous Christmas Eve & Day.