As Izzy is growing up we are realizing how important it is to send her the right messages about Christmas. It’s easy to get wrapped up in presents, shopping and receiving instead of giving and the birth of Jesus. We are finding Jesus in Christmas this year by introducing different books and nativity activities to our children. Reading is a great way to introduce a topic and educate your children.
Have you heard of the The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie? It’s a new children’s book that we were excited about reading. It follows a young boy who is very excited about Christmas and the parties, food, and presents that come along with it. In the book Sam’s parents place a silver sparkly box on the mantel and Sam wonders what the box is all about. On Christmas morning his parents finally let him open the box and he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Inside the box his parents wrote down all the special gifts they gave in honor of Jesus’ birthday.
I think this is a wonderful way to remember why we celebrate. Don’t get me wrong I love holiday music, cookie exchanges and Christmas decorations. But I think we often forget why we do all of this! I want to make sure Izzy knows what Christmas is all about at a young age. The Sparkle Box book includes a special box for you to create your own sparkle box tradition at home. This is definitely a tradition we will start with our children.
This year we wrote down a few ways we can involve our kids in giving to honor the birth of Jesus.
- Sponsor a child through Compassion International
- Have your children write or draw pictures for your sponsor child
- Pray for others and create a prayer board to see answered prayers
- Make a meal for a family in need
- Bake cookies for your neighbors without expecting anything in return
- Take your children to the toy store and only buy a toy for another child
- Let your kids pick something out of the Samaritan Purse Catalog
How are you finding Jesus in Christmas this holiday season?
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