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The Giving Manger

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The Giving Mangergiving manger helps bring the spirit of the holidays back

The Giving Manger

>> okay, christmas is coming and you're maybe whipping out your christmas decorations.

This is something so cool you need to be getting and having as part of your holiday tradition.

We have allison here.

We are talking about the giving major.

Tell me about the giving major.

>> so it's a tradition that helps families focus on giving and serving rather than what you get at christmas.

The premise behind it ultimately is that you do acts of service all throughout the christmas season as a family and each time you do you place a piece of straw in the wooden manager to give gifts back to clies.

Because as we serve others, we serve christ.

And then on christmas day you place the baby jesus in the manager filled with service and love, kind of like a moment where you all come together.

And the story is a great way to help families understand the tradition and get excited to start.

It's kind of a complete pack package that helps families shift their focus from getting to giving.

>> to what they can could be doing for other people.

>> yeah.

>> how did you come up with this idea?

>> each year i was looking for ways to help my family shift from i want this and this and this and this.

And have i to be good so that i get.

This just being good because we want to help people.

I remember in my past a tradition that a neighbor had they put straw in the manager.

I thought do you put jess news in at the end.

She was like no.

And anyway flash forward years later i remembered, and it popped in my head.

And i said this is what we need.

I did it with my own family and gave it to a few frinds, my husband made managers in the garage and my friends were like we love this.

So my sister and my childhood friend and i kind of came together to put together a complete package for families so they could use it in their home this is such a beautiful thing.

So if you are startk this tradition at your home, when do you usually start doing it.

When do you whip out the giving manager.

>> it the book it says december 4 is the premise.

I feel like we're already in that mode and it's thanksgiving and let's start giving but it something to be used the whole christmas season.

Not just the week before.

That being said, we do give a lot of people giving them as gifts so that happens too.

And you can do it for a week and it still brings that sport of service an love into your home.

>> how has this chnged how your kids are viewing the christmas season and what do they think of the giving manger.

>> at first they're not going to lie, wait, why am i doing this, i want a gift.

That is kind of the premise of the book.

Is children their dad gives them this manger and they' like no, no, no, i want stuff.

But they find, we don't make them do big things.

It's little things like emptying the dishwasher or helping somebody at school or smiling at someone who is having a bad day.

All of those little things equal straw for the manger and they love coming home.

Sometimes they don't tell us about t as they put the straw in but they love telling us at the end of the the day how they felt, how that service kind of brought them to feel joy.

And it's really shifted the focus for our family and we just so excited to share it with more people this year.

>> i'm so excited.

I'm definitely going to be buying one of these.

Where can people get them.

>> they are available, this sour firstier, available on our website, the giving

We just barely got our shipment and we're so excited to be shipping them out to people.

It's been a really, really fun process, the support we're getting from a lot of people that want this kind of thing in their home this year.

>> i definitely, i think we need it in our home this year and for all the years to come.

What a beautiful addition.

Than for being here.

Make sure to check out the giving manger.

Get yours, do you need one of these at your home.


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