The Sparkle Box: Review and Giveaway!
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Our lives are so busy. Thoughts of Christmas arriving in about eight weeks has, during certain years of my life, made me anxious inside.
Will the house be decorated enough, in a comfortable way?
Will I have the Christmas cards and photos ready to send out at least a week before Christmas?
Will the Christmas baking and holiday dinner be ready?
Reading this new book, The Sparkle Box, from Ideals Publications and Books, really places Christmas into perspective.
And not only Christmas, but every day of our lives.
Over the years, I've learned to minimize some of my expectations of the "trappings" of Christmas. If the cards don't get mailed until after Christmas, that's okay. I've reduced the amount of decorating I do around the house, and we do a lot less Christmas shopping than we used to do.
The Sparkle Box arrived here at my home a couple of weeks ago, and it is a delightful, beautiful book that will touch the hearts of you and your children. I love books that have deep, meaningful insight - especially children's books with their beautiful artwork. If you would like to share a deeper meaning to the holiday of Christmas - Christ's birth - and loving others, I wholeheartedly recommend that you consider getting your own copy of The Sparkle Box to share with your family, especially if you have younger children (written for ages 4-8, although my girls and I loved it, too!)
The Sparkle Box is not only a beautiful children's story, but it also comes with a Sparkle Box for your family to use! This is such a meaningful and easy way to encourage your family to take a different view of Christmas!
At The Sparkle Box website, they have provided readers with beautiful PDF copies of Sparkle Box Chore Charts, directions on how to make a Sparkle Jar, and Sparkle Box gift ideas as well as a Sparkle Box coloring page and ideas on how to use the Sparkle Box book in your family. Wonderful!
Take a peek:
Here is the touching story of a young boy who unknowingly participates in a powerful new Christmas tradition: honoring Jesus on His birthday by giving to others.
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.
I received one hardbound copy of The Sparkle Box in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided.
10/30/2012 08:58:28 am
I'd like to change our focus on getting the right gift for everyone, and what they'll think of the gift we give. We don't spend extravagantly at Christmas, and we try to keep it in balance in our home with our children. But I worry about what others will think when we give to those outside the home and probably give my kids entirely the wrong message. I'd also like to help my kids focus more on SERVING others than on the gifts.
10/30/2012 11:38:38 am
I would like to read the account of Christ's birth on Christmas morning.
10/30/2012 10:29:08 pm
We are going to drastically cut back the amount of gifts our kids receive this year so we can focus more on the true meaning of Christmas....
10/30/2012 10:36:48 pm
the busyness of it all
10/30/2012 10:45:57 pm
Sounds great! I LOVE CHRISTmas.. i would love to win.. xx
10/30/2012 11:12:46 pm
I'd like this Christmas to reflect a change of heart for everyone in our family, so it would be a celebration of Jesus' birth and not about the food and gifts.
10/31/2012 01:25:07 am
I'd actually like to make it to a candle light Christmas Eve service. Usually with all the visiting to do we never get to make it.
10/31/2012 02:13:42 am
I would like to give some handcrafted toys away this year.
11/3/2012 03:27:11 pm
This looks like something our boys would really enjoy, but also a great way to help the boys understand what Christmas is really about!
11/3/2012 04:00:19 pm
I would really like to focus on doing more WITH our children, and less FOR them.
11/3/2012 04:19:14 pm
We try to focus on Christ in the season - and we can always do MORE of that... :)
11/3/2012 06:47:43 pm
I wish my parents didn't live several states away so that they could spend Christmas with us!
11/5/2012 10:14:00 am
No bickering amongst the children would be a nice place to start.
11/6/2012 05:01:59 am
i would love toi make it less about gifts and more about being together with Him
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