I have admired The Giving Manger from afar for quite some time, but now that I have one of my own, I can say without any reservation that it’s far better than I could have ever hoped or imagined. If you’re looking for something special and meaningful to do with your little ones this year, look no further. This is a precious, memorable way to teach them that Jesus is the reason for the season.
From the way it’s packaged to the beautiful illustrations in the story book, to the craftsmanship of the wooden manger and the simplicity and perfection of the Baby Jesus figurine, it’s all absolutely wonderful and so very special.
From the moment I opened the box, it was clear that this is going to be a cherished and highly anticipated tradition in our home. Traditions have always been so important to me and incorporating traditions from both mine and Grayson’s childhoods with our babies has been so precious to us. It’s also been so sweet to start new traditions and Landon is at the age where everything is extra special. I wouldn’t trade anything for the way his sweet little eyes light up with awe and the most innocent wonder, and it seems like as the holidays approach, that’s all just magnified.
If you aren’t familiar with The Giving Manger, it is an interactive Christmas tradition experience that first started back in 2015. The goal behind it was to create beautiful, timeless pieces that are built to last and will be used by your family year after year. In each box, you’ll find a beautifully illustrated story book, a wooden manger, a bundle of straw, and a Baby Jesus figurine. The idea is that, leading up to Christmas, you place the manger in a prominent place in your home, read the story with your little ones, and find different ways to serve and give to others. After each act of service or generosity, a piece of hay is placed in the manger, which should be full and ready for baby Jesus on Christmas Day!
This is a tangible, interactive way to teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas and a wonderful way to instill in them a love of giving at an early age.
On instagram, you’ll find thousands of photos (search the hashtag #mangermoments) of families participating in this sweet tradition and I’ll be sharing more as our family participates this holiday season! You can find a free printable with service ideas here, and The Giving Manger is available for purchase here.
Thank you so much to Allison Hottinger and Emily King, creators of The Giving Manger, for providing my family with this timeless gift. As always, all opinions are my own.