I love the idea of writing down sweet, kind actions and thoughts- whether intentional or not and offering these, as the gifts they are, to Jesus on His birthday. What a great way to showcase the good our children do, to reinforce that this is one way to honor Him with their very own special and unique gifts.
We bought our family a copy of The Sparkle Box, and in the very back is an envelope that includes a Sparkle Box that just needs to be folded to assemble. Daddy and I are sharing that Sparkle Box, the one on the far right. (The kids love The Sparkle Box story. We read it a few times a week.)
Here's an idea of what's inside our Sparkle Boxes: All of ours include a day of service at a school for children with special needs. Our children worked very hard cleaning that day along with a handful of other adults from our life group at church. We all helped scrub this school from top to bottom! Our children were so happy to know they were serving the children and teachers by helping them have a beautifully clean school.
We've paid special attention to the sweet things they do for one another, like fill a near empty glass-even the little guy can use the water dispenser from the fridge, clear the table for another, open a door for a stranger, listen to Mommy and Daddy, taken turns nicely, offer the last piece of candy or a portion of a special treat to their siblings, stop whatever they are doing when a prayer request is heard and pray right then, pray for someone when they feel the need in their heart. This is just a sampling of the kind things that are already in their gift boxes for Jesus. A practice that should continue throughout the year.
It's nice to intentionally focus on the good, the kind, the helpful. You look at these little things and I hope it's obvious ~ even a little child can make a positive difference in the life of someone else. I think that is an important reminder for every child and person to know. I believe the idea for the Sparkle Box is far more than casting a shadow on commercialism - it's about tangibly showing how helping and loving others is a very noble and worthy calling.
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