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The Sparkle Box Christmas Book Review

The holidays, believe it or not, are right around the corner!  Next week starts the holiday buying season.  Buying Christmas cards to mail to friends and family, buying gifts to show all of your loved ones how much you care, and buying food to share with friends and family to celebrate the season.  With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, is there really any time to sit back and think about the TRUE meaning of Christmas?  What do you think about?

The Sparkle Box

I can tell you personally that the holidays are so busy for me with travel, shopping, cleaning, cooking, baking, wrapping presents, parties and visiting with family and friends that the true meaning of Christmas is sometimes lost on me until the 26th of December.  The day after Christmas it seems the busy season slows down a bit.  Sometimes I reflect on the 26th and think “Wow!  Did I even think about anyone who is not as fortunate as I am? or Jesus even?”  Yes, I went to Christmas mass, but did I hear the real message?  Most likely not.  I was busy thinking about the festivities that lie ahead, right after mass and whether or not everyone is going to like what I got them for a gift.  This year, things are going to be different… somewhat, thanks to The Sparkle Book Christmas book by Jill Hardie.  When I was originally asked to do the review for “The Sparkle Book”, I wasn’t too thrilled to do a book review,  not realizing that I was in for a soul searching experience. “The Sparkle Box” Christmas book is a heartwarming story of a family that was given the opportunity to feel the true meaning of Christmas.

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The book starts off when Sam’s mom puts an empty sparkly looking box on the fireplace mantle through the holiday season. Mom and dad  fill the box throughout the days leading up to Christmas.  Sam  is left wondering each day what the box contains.  As mom and dad add to the box, Sam gets more and more anxious to see what is inside.  On Christmas day, the sparkle box is finally opened and Sam gets to do the honors.  What he finds inside is a true gift.  To Sam’s delight, he opens the box and finds pieces of paper with ALL of the good deeds that the family has done during this holiday season. The contents of the sparkle box are all gifts for Jesus. One of the best things about the book is that on the back inside cover, there is an envelope and inside is your very own sparkle box.   Since I have read the book to my family, each member of our family love the idea of having a gift for Jesus.  The children don’t know which of their good deeds will go into the sparkle box, but they have come up with some really good ideas as to what Jesus might want from them.  It is refreshing to watch my children do good deeds for one another, as well as for strangers, and not know that I am watching so that I can put that deed in the sparkle box.  I hope that when they open their sparkle box that they are as proud of themselves as I am of them and their good deeds.  So I ask of you….what will you put in your sparkle box?

 

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27 Comment

  1. Paol Trenny
    November 19, 2013 at 12:45 am

    We volunteered our times and also donate and wrapped gifts for toys for tots

  2. samantha w
    November 19, 2013 at 7:19 am

    We tell the kids that Christmas isn’t about santa and gifts, but the birth of Jesus.

  3. Lisa B.
    November 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    We do a lot of family things together to celebrate!

  4. Jane Ritz
    November 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    We always go to Christmas Eve services. In years past I have always bought gifts for a needy child. This year, due to illness, I am not able to do this. This year I am grateful to my grown children who support me in every way.

  5. Sacha Schroeder
    November 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    We have always emphasized the importance of Christmas by keeping Christ in it. We love the fun traditions like Santa and presents but our true focus is helping those around us, loving one another and remembering the real reason for celebration.

  6. Jessica D
    November 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I crochet and will donate hats to people who needs them

  7. Gwen H.
    November 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    We always donate toys for children.

  8. Ann Barham
    November 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I always donate toys to the local Salvation Army during the holidays.

  9. kim burnett
    November 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    we donate toys to children every year!

  10. nicole krutz
    November 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I donate to salvation army and toys for tots.

  11. sandra davis
    November 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I donate to Toys for Tots every year. I also donate food to the food pantry here.

  12. Darlene Jones-Nelson
    November 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I give back for the Holidays and even non Holidays by giving my Spare Change to the Salvation Army Bell ringers and I donate non perishable food item to the food bank.

  13. Lisa P.
    November 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    We try to focus on the birth of Jesus and we prepare shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
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  14. Kayla Rice
    November 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    We love to read lots of Christmas book to our kiddos during the holiday. The true meaning of Christmas is really important to us. This looks like a great book.

  15. Marian Boll
    November 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    By donating to several local drives each year.

  16. robyn donnelly
    November 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I give to charities clothing and household goods as much as twice a year.

  17. Michelle S
    November 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Our family adopts a family in need each year. It might be someone in our family or in our circle of friends. We send them gift cards or money to help them. Last year, was a single Dad who is raising 3 kids and the youngest is fighting cancer. We gave him $300 worth of gas, grocery, and fast food gift cards.

  18. Dana
    November 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    We do Operation Christmas Child and I hope to do more.

  19. Stephen
    November 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I take my son to church. I let him know the real meaning of Jesus!

  20. Kathy Davis
    November 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I give back by being a Hospice Volunteer.

  21. denise
    November 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I give back by putting money in the red kettle, and donating to Toys for Tots.

  22. Julia Cosgrove
    November 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    We donate gifts to the churches and my children also go through their belongings and pick out ten items each to donate to other children who need.

  23. Stephanie Larison
    November 26, 2013 at 5:22 am

    We donate to Toys for Tots each year

  24. Amanda S
    November 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    We do shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse.

  25. liz
    November 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    We donate each yr as well as do toys for tots

  26. Laurie Emerson
    November 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Each year we adopt 3 families from the Angel Tree and use money we have saved to buy the presents and a tree. We also work at the Homeless shelter serving meals.

  27. Lily Kwan
    November 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    by paying it forward

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