Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
I am so excited to introduce you to The Giving Manger from WorthyKids. I received this beautiful set, including a hard cover story book, a wooden manger, straw pieces and a baby Jesus. I am happy to start a new Advent tradition with my family.
WorthyKids wants you to have one too!!! Details to enter to win The Giving Manger are below.
The Giving Manger book is written by Allison Hottinger. She is a mom of 5 kids with a passion for children’s literature. Her desire is to help her kids focus on Christ and giving of themselves during the Christmas season.
The book is illustrated by Emily King. She did a great job using paper-cut style in making this a visually pleasing book to read and look at the pictures.
The book begins with a family starting a new tradition. The kids usually get one handmade gift at Christmas. Their dad says this year they will get many gifts, and they will receive them the whole month of December. Anne and Ben are very excited to get more gifts. Physical gifts were not what Dad had in mind.
On December 1st, the children are ready to start receiving their gifts. They only get a wooden manger. Definitely not what they had in mind. Their parents explain that every time they do an act of service for someone else, they can put a piece of straw in the manger.
The children are disappointed to say the least and headed to school. When they get home, they see 4 pieces of straw already in the manger. Anne soon realized that her Mom did her laundry and her other chores for her. Mom left a note on her bed telling her to go and have fun! Anne saw that her mother did something nice for her and was starting to see that serving others was good. In turn Anne started serving others.
Her brother Ben was still having a hard time with not getting the gifts he thought he was going to get. Anne did her brothers chores for him. Now he’s starting to join in. He makes a gift for a little girl that lives on their street. He and Anne drop it on the porch and hide. They wait to see the look on the little girl’s face. The neighbor opened the door and said her “prayers were answered”. Ben and Anne were very happy to serve others and began to understand that Dad did give them many gifts. Ben said, “It doesn’t’ just bring joy to those you help. It changes you too!”
The manger filled with straw as the family continued to serve others. They got one more gift- a carved baby Jesus for their manger. Anne and Ben’s parents explained that Jesus had no crib for a bed, but that they gave him this manger full of love instead.
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40b
In the back of the book there are two pages full of service suggestions. There are ideas for children, teens and families. There is also a page to record your “Manger Memories” for each year.
I love this idea! We are always looking for ways to serve others and this a nice visual to be able to tie this back to Jesus and celebrate his birth at Christmas. It really is better to give than to receive.
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**Enter to win A Giving Manger set by leaving me a comment about your favorite Christmas tradition or memory. A winner will be chosen at random at 9am Friday November 19th. **
Many other families on The Homeschool Review Crew also had the opportunity to review The Giving Manger. Click on the graphic below to see what they thought of it and how they will be using it.