I decided there was no better time to attempt making jam and canning it than Christmas. :-)
Actually, I stumbled across a recipe on The Simple Dollar that inspired the whole thing. Before then I had no interest in jam and little interest in canning.
In the end, I made a dozen cars of jam and was really pleased with the end result. I definitely plan to make jam again. I definitely plan to can again. And I definitely plan to make this particular jam again.