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.
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace. Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
Our Thoughts: What a beautiful book and a story sure to be a Three Boys and an Old Lady tradition. It's important to Hubby and I that the three boys and little old lady realize the importance of giving. Whether's it's donating gently used toys and clothes or helping prepare meals for others during the holidays. Those who have the luxury of knowing me IRL know I am always leading some fundraising effort for some local charity this time of year. Last year I collected coffee mugs around the office to donate to our local Salvation Army. The response was amazing. I never thought of the importance of something as simple as a coffee mug but think about it when's the last time you grabbed a paper cup from your kitchen cupboard to enjoy a cup of coffee? Yuk. My co-workers chimed in and filled up 2 boxes of coffee mugs. Days after I dropped off the mugs, there were others who phoned or stopped by wanting to drop off a mug or two.
RAOK - Random Acts of Kindness. Nothing like it.
The Sparkle Box was a great way to reemphasize what Hubby and I are teaching our kids about the gift of giving. After reading the book, I just sat and listened as they came up with ideas of how to fill up their Sparkle Box. Nothing like a story that comes to life long after it's read and The Sparkle Box is one of those types of stories.
For more info:
Book Trailer: https://vimeo.com/49762666
Author Video: https://vimeo.com/49763494
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