I love Christmas time. It was one of my favorite times of year. I love the music, the baking, the laughter. I love the time with family and I love the sense of giving. But lately, it seems like the meaning of Christmas has become too commercialized. It is all about the gifts and less and less about the true meaning- the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is because of that we celebrate Christmas a bit differently in our house- we do not do Santa.
Each year I look for ways that I can bring my kid's focus on Jesus instead of the gifts. So when I was approached about The Sparkle Box (sponsor) I was intrigued.
About the Author and Illustrator:
The Sparkle Box was written by Jill Hardie. Seven years ago her and her family started a tradition of placing a "sparkle box" for Jesus under the Christmas Tree. They felt that this tradition just melted away the commercialism of the holiday. Here is a qoute from Jill:
"There are many traditions that help us remember the remarkable and beautiful story of the birth of Jesus. My hope is that The Sparkle Box will help us remember Jesus as he is today – in the present.It encourages us to ask the question,
'What gift can we give Jesus on His birthday that will bring Him joy?'
Jesus taught us that whenever we do something for someone in need, we do it for Him. I think loving and caring for each other in His name is the greatest gift we could give to honor Jesus on His birthday."
The book is beautifully illustrated by Christine Kornacki who received her BFA in Illustration from University of Hartford. Together the created book that inspires families to create their own traditions.
About the Book:
The Sparkle Box follows the journey of Sam who, like all children, is excited about Christmas. He is so excited that he even created a Christmas list. Then he noticed it, a sparkling box just sitting there. Through out the story Sam and his family does different acts of kindness, like helping the homeless with some mittens. Then Christmas morning comes and the mystery of that box is solved. See inside that box were simple slips of paper with their acts of Kindness written down. Sam learns that by helping other's he is making Jesus happy and learns to appreciate the things he has.
This book goes perfectly with what we have been trying to teach our own kids. We do not want them thinking Christmas was all about receiving toys. We want them to remember and honor Jesus. I think this box is a great way to start a new tradition to help our children grow, not only when it comes to humanity but Spiritually as well! The pictures were very colorful and went perfectly with the words on each page. At the back of the book is your very own Sparkle Box to start your tradition of giving to Jesus!
You can find more about The Sparkle Box on their website where you can also order a copy of the book for your family. Also be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter for some inspiration and news! If you have kids in school check out their Scholastic order as the book is also featured in there!
Like what you see? Then enter to win a copy of The Sparkle Box for your family with the giveaway below as part of our Holiday Gift Guide!
This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents and will end at 11:59 PM CST on 11/30! Just enter using the form below. Then check out the other great Holiday Gift suggestions in the list below the entry form!
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