Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew
Our family loves traditions, and advent! The Giving Manger from WorthyKids is a wonderful new advent tradition for the entire family! This 32 page, hardcover book comes packaged with a wooden manger, straw and a "baby Jesus".
The story, written by Allison Hottinger, mom of 5 children, centers around Matthew 25:40 - and focuses on giving acts of service, instead of receiving presents, as our "gift" for this season. What a timely message!
The book tells the story of a young father that decides to lead his family to give gifts of service each day of advent, instead of presents. The story details that the children, while disappointed at first, come to understand the joy found in giving to each other. The family places a single piece of straw into the manager for each "gift", making a soft bed. On Christmas Day, they place the Baby Jesus in the manager, "full of love".
The illustrations by Emily King are delightful cut-paper style collage pictures. I love that she left the faces blank, so you can imagine yourself.
The book includes several pages of "Manager Moments" with suggested service activities for children, teens and families. The activities are all aimed to create a heart to give, instead of receive.
"Manager Memories" are a couple of lined pages for you to record your families memories from the year, creating a family keepsake.
I love filling our home with Christmas books, beginning in Advent. The Giving Manger is sure to become a family classic!
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