These three boxes are the first “gifts” to be placed under our tree every year. After we decorate the tree, but before we read a Christmas story and sing carols, we talk about the wise men. We talk about how they traveled far, and wanted to bring the very best gifts they could think of to give to the baby Jesus.
We talk about what gifts we would want to give to the Savior. We talk about the scripture that says “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
And then we commit to making Christmas time a season of kindness, and of giving gifts to the Savior by loving and serving one another.
After each pre-meditated kind act, we put a “gem” (a.k.a. little transparent rock-like thing) in one of the boxes. The idea is to fill those boxes up with acts of kindness.
It’s just a simple little tradition, but it seems to really help us focus on the true spirit of Christmas.