The Sunday box

 Posted by on April 6, 2010  Add comments
Apr 062010
 

The habit of making Sunday the best day of the week

It’s nothing fancy on the outside. A plastic storage tub. Permanent marker on the lid labels it Sunday Box. It’s what’s inside that makes Sunday family time memorable. That, plus only getting to peek inside once a week.

Because the goal is for Sunday to be the best day of the week – a day of worship and rest. You’ve planned ahead to get out the door on Sunday morning. You’ve enjoyed your fast food from the slow cooker. Maybe you’ve all had a bit of Quiet Time.

Now it’s time to pull out the Sunday box. So what’s inside that makes this box special?

  • Notecards for writing family, thank you notes
  • Veggie Tales characters for free play
  • Board game
  • Biblical paper dolls
  • Paint-with-water books
  • Dress ups and The Mighty Acts of God
  • Bible stories on tape along with cheap, battery-operated cassette player with headphones
  • Floor puzzles of Noah’s ark, space scenes
  • Answers in Genesis DVDs
  • Answers for Kids – Volumes 1-4 (Christmas gift for each of the older four)
  • Veggie Tales DVD
  • Something borrowed from the library
  • Long forgotten worship songs CD
  • Bible coloring books picked up on sale
  • A coupon for a family walk or picnic at a local park
  • A surprise envelope for a Daddy destination

Suggestions:

  1. Maybe you don’t have this exact list of things but you likely have plenty on your bookshelves and closets you could pull from. Often a long-forgotten CD is a new Sunday afternoon favorite. Use what you have.
  2. Occasionally pick up new items while you are out. Once you get into the Sunday box habit, you’ll be on the look out for surprises to help make Sunday the best day of the week.
  3. I do try to rotate items in the box so that there is something new each week. But it doesn’t always happen.

This is our interpretation of Doorposts’ treasure box for Sundays. The Doorpost folks suggest decorating your box up like a treasure chest.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8

This week following Easter is a great time to commit to or renew a Sunday habit. How about you? Which habit will you choose to help make Sunday the best day of the week?

-Tricia homeschools five children from preschool to high school. She’s forsaken life in the drive thru lane for the road home. She’s saving bucks and her sanity with the frugal recipes and sock it away strategies of her Southern roots. You can find her facing that daily dose of chaos at Hodgepodge. Tricia is a.k.a. Hodgepodgemom.

  9 Responses to “The Sunday box”

  1. Love this! I hate to admit it, but Sunday is frequently the most chaotic day of the week at our house. We’ll be using a lot of these ideas for a more peaceful Sunday this week! Oh, and love the idea of doing a “Daddy Destination” on Sunday afternoon. Sounds perfect :)

  2. What a wonderful idea! This would be a wonderful extension for our little workboxing family. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Kendra, I’d like to say that these three habits have cured the chaos. But… they have calmed it? Seems there is always something working against us getting to church, etc. on Sundays.

    A bit of planning ahead definitely makes a difference :) Plus the Sunday box is just plain fun.And, yes, Daddy destinations are a highlight!
    Bronwyn – Glad to see you on Habits :) Let me know how your Sunday box works for your family.

  4. I love this! We have made a real effort to slow our Sunday down and it has made a big difference, especially on Monday mornings :)

    The Sunday box will be a great tool for the time after church and dinner when the littlest is napping and the others are looking for something quiet to do.

  5. Love it!! I have been meaning to do this for a long time maybe now I will finally get it done. Thanks!

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