Sam can’t wait for Christmas! He’s excited about the parties and the food and, of course, the gifts. One present in particular has Sam curious—a sparkling silver box on the mantel. Sam’s parents will only tell him that they will open the gift together, but that they need to fill it first.
Throughout the holiday season, Sam and his family participate in various charitable acts together. Gradually, Sam starts to see how fortunate he is and how important it is to help others.
On Christmas morning, Sam rushes down the stairs to open his gifts. When he and his parents open the Sparkle Box, all he sees are strips of paper that record the family’s acts of kindness. Sam is confused, but his mom explains:
“[Jesus] taught us that whatever we do for people in need, we do for Him. . . . Each year we’ll think of some special gifts to give Jesus. We’ll write down these gifts and put them in the Sparkle Box. On Christmas morning, we’ll open the box and read out loud the gifts we gave in honor of His birthday.”
This story will inspire readers to adopt this tradition and to experience the true meaning of the Christmas holiday.