If you’ve followed MERCY iNK for some time, you know my desire around Christmas is always to think beyond the holiday commercialism and get back to the heart and meaning of it all. I’ve written a lot about it, and you can read various past posts about making Christmas matter here, if you like.
As you’ll see in many of those posts, teaching children the true meaning of Christmas is especially important to Adrian and I. Last year I shared seven true meaning of Christmas books for kids. It is not easy when we are inundated with messages of stuff and consuming during this time of year, but we believe it’s possible and so important.
This year, we had the chance to review a beautiful new Christmas book, The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie, which falls right in line with our heart for this time of year. The author began the tradition of giving gifts to Jesus by loving others with her own family more than seven years ago.
Here’s a little bio of the book:
A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s mom explains that the things that they’ve been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him.
The illustrations by Christine Kornacki are beautiful, but more so is the message of giving gifts of love to others in Jesus’ name.
The 32 page, hardcover book is great for kids ages 4 to 8, and my almost 3 year old loves it, too. As a family, we plan to add this book and The Sparkle Box concept to our regular holiday tradition. I so love seeing our kids get excited about giving to others, and every time we’ve given them the opportunity, they genuinely experience joy doing so.
The book website offers excellent resources for helping start this tradition in your own family, including discussion topics, chore chart ideas for earning money for a gift, places to give, coloring sheets, and gift ideas.
And this week, the people at IdealsBooks are giving away a copy of the book to one MERCY iNK reader. Enter below:
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Disclosure: I received this book for free. All opinions are 100% my own.
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