12 Gifts for Christ

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I love advents. I am also a fan of trying to teach my kids about the real reason for Christmas, and trying to focus as much as possible on that side of Christmas. So, I wanted to share a book with you today from Deseret Book that gives ideas for Family Night discussions and activities that will help to teach your family about the very reason why we celebrate. Its focus is on giving gifts to Christ.

Here's a short description:

In 12 Gifts for Christ, author Merrilee Boyack suggests ways we can give to the Savior, including having gratitude, sharing through service, and loving others. With examples of these gifts shared through personal stories, scriptures, activities, and family home evening lessons, she suggests presenting those gifts to Christ in letters placed in stockings or brightly wrapped boxes. Following the ideas of this book will truly add joy to the spirit in our hearts and homes during Christmas!

I took a couple of photos of the book's interior so you can visualize the way that it is laid out. There are "Family Home Evening" sections for each of the 12 Gifts, giving suggested songs, stories, activities, etc. for a Family Night focused on that topic. There are also personal stories and discussion shared in each chapter, about each topic.

Now I have to include this "About the Author" because it makes me laugh. Just the fact that the word "crazed" is in there cracks me up:

Merrilee Boyack is a crazed woman who loves eating out and taking naps when she can. She is an estate-planning attorney who conducts her law practice from home. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in business management—finance, and from University of Santa Clara Law School. Merrilee is also a professional lecturer, featured for many years at BYU Education Week, and a published author. Her interests include reading, camping, talking, eating, and helping children in Africa. She’s now a pesco-vegetarian and is having to relearn how to cook!
She is the author of several books and talks, including The Parenting Breakthrough, Strangling Your Husband Is Not an Option; Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy; and her most recent, In Trying Times, Just Keep Trying. Merrilee and her husband, Steve, reside in Poway, California, and have four sons, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way!

Disclosure: I received this book from Deseret Book for review purposes and was not compensated in any other way for this review. Opinions shared here are of course my own.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great book! As someone who struggles to come up with great ideas for FHE, this book would be perfect! Thanks for the review. I love Deseret Book!


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