I’ve been sharing lately how much I adore Christmas and all that it includes and represents. I’ve also shared, however, that I am saddened when I see the over commercialization, greed, and wrong mindsets that it can represent. Now–don’t get me wrong–I’m all for presents, for buying great products from wonderful companies–I’m hosting a gift guide for goodness sake! But if you’re doing it to fuel your child’s “gimme gimme gimme” attitude or going into credit card debt to do so then something is wrong and you need to take a step back.
I loved reading The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmasto Amber. It’s designed for children ages 4-8 and it really fit her perfectly! This touching story is about a very special gift under the tree and how giving to others shows a child the true meaning of Christmas.
During the Christmas season Sam (the little boy) family focuses on all the fun of Christmas–but also focuses deeply on giving to others without. On Christmas morning Sam gets to open the sparkle box to discover pieces of paper listing all the acts of kindness they preformed throughout the season of joy. His mom explains that the Sparkle Box was the families gift to Jesus on his birthday.
The book also contains a Sparkle Box for you-you can see Amber holding ours up above! I’m excited to fill it with our acts of kindness–like filling up a Operation Christmas Child Box!
Though designed for children–what a great concept this carries for adults as well–how many scraps of paper will you be able to put in this year? What are you doing for Jesus during his special season of the year??!!