While I wrote the article a couple years ago for another blog, this has become a treasured family tradition that fits here, too. This was year number 4 for us. Whenever I share about The Sparkle Box, I’m asked where to get the book. For those thinking ahead for some special traditions for next year, here’s our story. Be inspired. (Click the link below to purchase your own copy.)
To become a tradition, there must be a beginning. And so it was with the book and accompanying activity of The Sparkle Box (affiliate link) in our family’s holiday preparations and Christmas celebration. A strong desire to emphasize the true meaning of the season for all of us, led to my 2012 discovery of this treasure. As a young boy and his parents participate in the usual errands of the season, they pause along the way to notice the needs of others. Unknown to the boy, these remembrances are written down and placed in the sparkle box. All he knows is this box is a special gift. He learns that they will open it later, but first they must fill it. When the box is opened on Christmas he realizes all the ways that he and his family have made a difference in the lives of others during the season — a reminder of the reason we celebrate at all. The book comes complete with its very own sparkle box. It is available by clicking on the title earlier in this paragraph.
After reading the book with our young granddaughters Christmas 2012, we all agreed it would be fun for our family to share our blessings this way, too. It would be an awesome reminder of the importance of keeping our focus on the real reason for Christmas. I shared about this book and we were filling our sparkle box, others began adapting the idea to use with youth groups, Sunday School classes, workplaces, etc. Please know that I share this as an example of the privilege and responsibility we have toward others. To God alone be the glory — a testimony to all that He is and does in our lives all the time! You’re encouraged to do this in your own special way. You’ll discover in The Sparkle Box that many of
these opportunities are spontaneous responses to observed needs, and my grandchildren are often quicker to notice these than I am myself.
While we certainly love our Sparkle Box tradition, the needs of children in poverty that continue all year long. Compassion International offers many ways to provide one time gifts to help with specific needs, and there are always children awaiting sponsors as well. Giving gifts to Jesus happens all year. Click here to learn more about the opportunities to be Jesus in shoes to some very special kids and their families!
I pray you find inspiration in these ideas, and discover opportunities to share your blessings in meaningful ways! I’ll post a reminder about this early in the Christmas season 2016, and will be eager to hear some of your stories and to see what special moments will be remembered when we open our Sparkle Boxes.
The Sparkle Box book is available here.