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The Sparkle Box


The Sparkle Box is an amazing book written by Jill Hardie and illustrated by Christine Kornacki that tells a story of a young boy named Sam who learns the real gift of Christmas. Sam is super excited for Christmas and really wants a toy train, but when he notices the sparkly box sitting on the mantle his curiosity is sparked. In the midst of all the Christmas festivities, Sam and his family partake in many different acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally gets to open the Sparkle Box, he finds only pieces of paper that have recorded the family's good deeds. Sam's mom explains that the things that they have been doing are, in fact, a birthday gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him. 
Jill Hardie started to see her family get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays while forgetting about the deeper reason for Christmas. Once she noticed that, she started the Sparkle Box. The Sparkle Box was a great tool to help her teach her family about the joy of giving and that giving is a gift in itself.
I adore this book and the lesson it teaches us about the real reason for Christmas. The illustrations are beautiful and vibrant and the story was so touching it made me shed a tear. Our little family is still new so we don't have many set traditions yet other than the ones that we carried over from our own childhood so I can't wait to try the concept of The Sparkle Box out this year and start our own family traditions. We always tries to give to the Humane Society or do other various acts of kindness each year but this tool will help to intrigue our even daughter more as she grows up. 
Each book comes with a cute sparkly box that you can put together with your children to set under the tree or on the mantle. The Sparkle Box is a 10x10 hardcover picture book with a jacket and 32 pages. 
I would definitely recommend this book to any family that wants to start a tradition in their new family or add to older traditions for well established families. It's a gorgeous book with a great message and it would be perfect for any child that's learning the importance of giving. To purchase this book for $19.99, click HERE.
This is one of my favorite parts of the book. Make it sparkle!
Check out the author Jill Hardie's interview about the reason she started The Sparkle Box and let me know what what ideas you would have for your Sparkle Box. Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway!
By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/27/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (12/17/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.
**I received this item for the purpose of a review. I was in no way compensated for my opinion as they are my own. Your opinion may vary from mine.**


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Comments

  1. What a nice idea. I think this would make a nice addition to list of books for my 6 yr old.

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  2. Adorable! I think my kids would love this!

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  3. That looks really neat! I really treasure traditions and this would be a great addition.

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  4. I always let my kids open one gift christmas eve

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  5. Great gift for my great granddaughter

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  6. natalie rose machowskiNovember 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    This is so cute my niece would love this.
    omgnatx0@live.com

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  7. We go look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve

    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  8. gathering with the whole family

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  9. Me and my husband wake up early Christmas and make donuts for the kids :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  10. We open the gift from my mom on Christmas Eve because it is our jammies

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  11. Christmas eve Candlelight service

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  12. All of the family gets together to make Christmas cookies

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  13. We celebrate St.Nick's Day on December 6th and also every Christmas morning we make a big breakfast and have the whole family over to exchange gifts!

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  14. having breakfast burritos on christmas morning

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  15. we have done some strange things. One of our favorites is putting out carrots for reindeer. Oh and maybe the time we left wrapping paper out just in case santa forgot his.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  16. A huge Christmas breakfast with everyone's favorites!

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  17. We like to go to the christmas eve candlelight service
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. I love that peaceful moment when all the gifts are opened and you are in the glorious mess and I always feel gratitude fill my heart

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  19. one of my favorite is to bake, pray and sing about Christmas

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  20. We have a few, but my fave is baking cookies & making candy for our friends & neighbors :)

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  21. our family gets together christmas day and we do the secret santa for the adults while the kids open presents

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  22. Get together & argue & have a great family christmas :)

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  23. We start decorating together the day after Thanksgiving.

    mmc123

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  24. My favorite tradition is putting up the tree and decorating it with my kids.

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  25. we like to bake goodie boxes for friends and family on christmas eve

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  26. Every year all the kids in my family get together right before Christmas to decorate gingerbread houses which we display at our Christmas Eve party.

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  27. We prepare all of the Christmas cookie dough early in the week and then bake them all in one all night session at the end of the week!

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  28. we decorate the christmas tree together :)

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  29. We drive around and look at Christmas lights Christmas Eve and we wake up bright and early to open presents.

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  30. Open 1 pkg on Christmas Eve.. usually PJ's. Breakfast simple rolls and juice, watch It's A Wonderful Life

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  31. we go to church on Christmas eve and then we come home and open a present before we go to bed
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  32. Having a huge Christmas dinner on Christmas eve.

    mundaneminnie at gmail dot com

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  33. We love baking cookies every year...we bake tons and tons of cookies and send them on to people.

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  34. We pick out our tree together and have hot chocolate and Christmas songs on while we decorate it.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  35. Christmas at my mother in laws on the 23rd. Love it!!! It's how we kick off our 3 day Christmas every year

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  36. We open presents with the kids in the morning, and then go to my parents for Brunch to open presents there.

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