Christmas is in full swing at my house! The tree is up; the house is all decorated for Christmas; Christmas music is playing; we are wearing our favorite Christmas shirts and sweaters (when the weather permits); we are shopping and wrapping and whispering secrets; and we are ending each busy day by gathering around the flickering candles of our Advent wreath to read from Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent.
Around here, we are all about having fun as a family, making memories, enjoying Christmas traditions, and spreading Christmas cheer, while also remembering the real "reason for the season" and looking for ways to bless and encourage others and share the Good News of Jesus' birth and death on our behalf.
It can be quite a challenge to enjoy all the Christmas traditions and activities and not let the real reason for celebrating Christmas be trampled under foot.
I was given a new children's book to review that holds the key to changing that with its simple but brilliant idea -- The Sparkle Box.
This beautiful book is a great read aloud for young children, but has application for all ages. The story centers around a young boy, Sam, who is enjoying all the excitement of preparing for and anticipating Christmas. He is especially curious about the mysterious, sparkling silver box on the mantle. Sam's parents tell him that they will fill the box and open it together on Christmas Day. Sam and his family give to people in need throughout the Christmas season, and when they finally open the special Sparkle Box, Sam discovers that the Sparkle Box is filled with pieces of paper describing their acts of compassion and love. Sam is puzzled until his Mom explains that whatever we do for people in need, we actually do for Jesus, (if done out of our love for Him). Therefore, by filling the Sparkle Box with acts of love and compassion, we are giving Jesus a gift that honors Him and makes Him happy!
Tiffany reading The Sparkle Box to Matt and Bethany
Have you done something similar in your home? What kind of gifts does your family give to Jesus? Please share here in the Comments or over on my Facebook page.
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