Start a Family Tradition of Kindness with The Giving Manger
Winston Churchill said it himself that “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life out of what we give.” This is something I want to remember and also instill in my children not just around the holidays but year round.
Starting this year and hopefully, from here on out, we are starting a new tradition with “The Giving Manger” to purposefully seek out opportunities to give and do other good deeds throughout the month of December. Of course, it’s the task we are aiming to have it become a habit so we’ll be reminded to look for those opportunities and seek to help others year round.
- A storybook illustrated by Emily King
- A Wooden Manger
- A Bundle of Straw
- A Baby Jesus
How it works is you’ll introduce your family to the concept by reading the book. You’ll then get to add a piece of straw to the manager each time a child ( or someone in your family) performs a good deed. The goal is to fill the manger up with straw so on Christmas Day, you can place baby Jesus snuggly inside.
We enjoyed the book and its story. The pictures look like they are made from paper cut out and arranged on the page. It invokes a feeling that matches the tone of the story. The story reads true, sounds like something that could really happen, and the characters act like real people. It also explains in story form how to use the manger and the meaning of it all.
My children ages 9 and 6 have taken well to The Giving Manger. They’ve been seeking out ways already in how they can do something nice for there friends, family, and complete strangers. I’m thrilled with this set and am pleased with how well it’s been brought together. The pieces that make it up are all made well. The box it comes in can be used to store it year after year.
Interested in Purchasing? The Giving Manger can be purchased online and in boutiques nationwide. Retail Value: $35
*About: The Giving Manger was created by two sisters on a mission to bring the focus of Christmas back to the act of giving. Their initial Kickstarter drew so much interest it earned funding in just 72 hours and wound up making double its goal. To learn more about The Giving Manger and see others’ inspirational Manger Moments, check out their fun video or visit their Instagram at @thegivingmanger where 11k followers have shown their support! *