We’re now in holiday mode around the house, and one of my favorite things to do with the kids is read holiday stories. In fact, I have quite a collection of books just for the holidays, we have enough to read one a night starting Dec 1st all the way through to Christmas.
I was recently introduced to The Sparkle Box, and just HAD to share it. It’s a beautiful story about the true meaning of giving during the holidays, and making it a family tradition, one that we will now start too.
A little about The Sparkle Box:
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, anticipating holiday parties and puzzling over one very mysterious gift—a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s parents explain that the things they’ve been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus.
I have to admit, while reading the story with my kids; I got a little choked up. It’s a wonderful way teach them about giving. They are already super excited about helping others and can’t wait to start. And, I had already planned to take them to an event where we will be preparing presents for children in need, so I must say, this is just perfect for us.
Check out what my kids loved about The Sparkle Box:
Need other ideas in teaching your children about the gift of giving? Visit The Sparkle Box WEBSITE. There you will find activities, coloring pages and suggestions on how to share this with your children.
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About the author, Jill Hardie: Jill, her husband and their two children began this tradition in their home eight years ago. Every year, they place a Sparkle Box under their Christmas tree as a gift for Jesus on His birthday. Wanting to share the idea, Jill wrote The Sparkle Box to spark this new Christmas tradition within other families—one that honors the true meaning of the holiday. A Sparkle Box is included in the back of the book and can be easily put together by children as they think of their own gifts to give during the holiday season. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Sparkle Box to review and share with my readers. In no way did this alter my opinion.