Monday, November 28, 2011

The Christmas Angel

I recently learned about a fantastic new way of teaching children about the true meaning behind Christmas. You know - Christ ... and giving. Not presents ... and getting. It's called The Christmas Angel. I reached out to Lisa and Patrick Dorough, the creators, and Lisa was kind enough to answer a few questions for me.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
Patrick and I have been married for 11 years and have 3 kids:  Riley (6) , Cooper (5) and Hudson (2)  We live in Alabaster, AL and attend Westwood Baptist Church.

What's the story behind The Christmas Angel?
As a parent there is nothing more exciting than watching your little ones get hyped-up about Christmas. You anxiously wait for this moment, from the time they are born…and then that special time finally arrives. Your children become eager to help put up the Christmas tree, string up colorful outdoor lights, and listen to catchy Christmas tunes. This is our story; this is our tale to tell: Our oldest daughter was four years old, and our middle son was three, and they were pumped for what Christmas had in store. As any good parent would do, we thought of all the possible fun and creative traditions we could start with our children. We specifically wanted ideas that would make an impact on their childhood. STRESS!!! We scattered our memories of our own personal childhood traditions, and also discussed with our closest friends, what they did for their children. On a four hour car trip to the coast, my husband and I started brainstorming. We talked about Santa, elves, making homemade candies and cakes, but there was one thing we both agreed on. We wanted to teach our children the true meaning of Christmas, and instill in them values that would last a lifetime. Before you know it, The Christmas Angel idea literally fell into our laps! I jotted our creative thoughts onto a notepad that I was using for last minute gift ideas. The concept was certainly God-inspired, and this inspiration will stay in our hearts forever.  What an amazing opportunity we have as parents to instill values and principles into our children. The Christmas season is about a precious story to celebrate a gift that none of us deserve, but have an opportunity to receive. The birth of Jesus is the greatest example of love. So how can we show the same love to others? Simply by putting others before ourselves. We should help our children focus on giving rather than receiving, for that is the true spirit of Christmas.

How can people use The Christmas Angel with their children?
Each morning The Christmas Angel will visit our kids during the Christmas season and leave them a message in her golden dust. Each message is something for that child (children) to do for someone else.

What do people get when they purchase The Christmas Angel?
A keepsake tin, a plush Christmas Angel, an illustrated book and a pouch of golden dust

What do you hope children will take away from the story?
That the reason we celebrate Christmas is because the amazing gift of Jesus and how we can share that gift with others.

What do you hope parents will take away from the experience?
Being intentional with their children to teach giving and to create memories with their children that are of eternal value.

What were some of your favorite Christmas traditions as a child? With your children now?
Decorating the tree, listing to Christmas music and putting up the manager scene. Every Christmas Eve my dad would take us to buy my mother her Christmas gift.

What has been the most rewarding thing to come out of The Christmas Angel for you and your family?
A lady emailed us saying that the golden dust reminded her of the verse Matthew  15:4  "you are the light of the world"  The verse talks about our job as Christians is to bring light to this dark world.  As you play out the Christmas Angel and children start focusing on others/ less fortunate and what an impact they will have on this dark world. Patrick and I didn't want people to get caught up in the "product" so when we received this email it was awesome that someone saw the intent of why we are doing what we are doing!

Where can people purchase The Christmas Angel?
There is a list of retailers on our website. You can also purchase on our website or at your local Books-A-Million store.

How can people keep up with what you are doing?
Our website:
Facebook: The Christmas Angel

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Our hopes and dreams is that this product helps restore the spirit of Christmas one message at a time. One day the imagination of Santa and elves will go away. Although  the angel playing out "messages" will go away to  the tradition and the heart  of giving has been formed and THAT will never go away.....pretty awesome if you think about it!

The Christmas Angel is a brand new product. If you haven't heard about it yet, it's because this is the first Christmas that it's been around! I hope you'll help me spread the word!

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