We are starting a new tradition this year!
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace. Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.
This hardcover book is beautiful in both picture and in meaning. It begins by saying, “Dear reader, you are the light of the world. Make it sparkle.” This book is a gift in itself as it hopefully helps other families start their own similar tradition in their homes. This story is about a little boy, Sam, that is anxiously awaiting Christmas and thinks about what he wants on his Christmas list when he notices this sparkle box sitting on their mantle. He keeps asking what it is and he is told they have to fill it before they can open it and let him know when they add something to it. They take some blankets and food to the shelter, Sam gives a pair of gloves and a candy bar to a homeless man he see’s and Sam’s dad announcing at their company Christmas party that all the employee’s donated and gave the gift of a well to a village in Africa that will now have clean drinking water for the entire village. Each of these things were done for others in need and are all given as a gift to Jesus on Christmas because when we do things for those in need we do are doing things for Jesus. <3 What a sweet, sweet story that I loved sharing with my boys and what a great idea!
Volunteer work is very near and dear to my heart and showing others simple kindness as well. These are things I want my children to also continue in their lives. We were part of a Homeschool coop that centered around Missions work. Every year the children would make blankets that we would take to the City Rescue Mission and on Valentines they would take Valentines cards and goodies to veterans at the local VA hospital. We have since moved away and are still unpacking and clearing out storage units but this is something I want us to continue here and this book was a great reminder! I read this book to my two youngest boys while they bathed tonight and their reactions were priceless. My five-year-old, Ryan, had a solemn look on his face and stared intently at the book as I read. It had his total attention and he heard every word I read. They both loved me pulling our own “sparkle box” from inside the book and folding it together. I asked them what they thought about it and the idea’s started flowing. This is going to be a lot of fun and a great experience for them as we fill our very own sparkle box for Jesus this year.
I think this is a book every believer should read to their children and a wonderful idea to help take the commercialism out of Christmas and shine the light back where it belongs on the true meaning of Christmas while teaching our children a great lesson. We used to carry small ziplock baggies in our glove box with small things like a granola bar, a couple dollars, a card for the City Rescue Mission and other little goodies in it we could hand out to homeless people that we came across that were asking for help.
I have one copy of this book to give away to a reader but for this giveaway we are not going with Rafflecopter or something like that. Just plain ole comments. Please leave a comment with something your family does at Christmas time and your email address in this format so I can contact the lucky winner: name at internetservice dot com. For a bonus entry let me know if you will start your own sparkle box tradition and/or what volunteer type activities your family participates in. Thank you. Giveaway ends 11/23/2012.
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