Tired of the commercialism that bleeds through the holiday? Want your children to learn more about the meaning of Christmas? I know both of these I could honestly answer, ‘Yes” to without a second thought. This year we are starting a new family tradition and it all started with a story called The Sparkle Box.
When my children arrived home, the saw the book on the table. The each commented on how beautiful the book was with it’s colorful jacket and sparkling box on the cover. I told them we would read it together that night.
After dinner we snuggled on the couch and began reading about Sam who is so excited the Christmas is near and is excited about the parties and presents of the season. He sees a sparkly box on the mantel and inquires. His mom and dad tell him that the gift isn’t ready just yet, leaving him puzzled.
As his family celebrates the festivities, they also participate in various acts of kindness for others. Each night, Sam asks if the sparkly box present is ready and his parents tell him that it is not just yet ready.
On Christmas morning, Sam discovers the sparkly box beneath the tree. He opens it and finds slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s parents explain that these acts of kindness are their gift to Jesus–for Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him.
I have a confession. As a read this story I was choked up and it took a lot for me to hold it together to read. My children loved the illustrations and at the end of the book they discovered their own Sparkle Box to start the tradition.
My kiddos really impressed me with their ideas for acts of kindness. We talked about Christmas and doing this and then Li’l Man exclaimed, “We could do this all year and then see what is inside on Christmas morning!” Isn’t that a beautiful thought? Random acts of kindness through the year and on Christmas morning remembering the beauty and good we gave! I just love that idea!
Inspire a new family tradition this holiday with this heartwarming story.
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