The Smart Kings Challenge | The Wish Book Christmas

November 1, 2021


In The Wish Book Christmas, Harry and Bobby mistakenly call the Wise Men “smart kings.” Throughout the book, the two boys do kind things for their neighbors and friends to learn about the true meaning of Christmas and to emulate the Wise Men.

This year, challenge yourself to become a Smart King by using the following list as inspiration for giving back to your friends and community. Invite your family and friends to do the same!

“We’re gonna wear costumes and everything. We’re the smart kings,” Harry said.

Grandma Van looked puzzled for a moment, then chuckled. “You mean the Wise Men?”

“Yep. We get to wear gold crowns because we’re the rich smart kings with lots and lots of gold,” Bobby replied.

“Then you must know that the kings were bringing the gold as a gift for baby Jesus for His birthday. God gave Jesus to us as a gift because He loves us. And now we give gifts to the people we love at Christmas.”

The Wish Book Christmas

Download and print your own copy of the Smart Kings Challenge to keep track of which activities your family has done this year! Or share the social media graphics to spread the Smart Kings Challenge to your friends!


Facebook or Instagram

Instagram stories

Fill-in-the-blank Printable
Fill-in-the-blank Instagram stories

From the bestselling author of If I Were You comes a nostalgic and endearing holiday story that reminds us that sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the ones we least expect and don’t deserve.

Best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in postwar America, thrilled at the prospect of starting new traditions with their five-year-old sons. But when the 1951 Sears Christmas Wish Book arrives and the boys start obsessing over every toy in it, Audrey and Eve realize they must first teach them the true significance of the holiday. They begin by helping Bobby and Harry plan gifts of encouragement and service for those in their community, starting by walking an elderly neighbor’s yellow Lab—since a dog topped the boys’ wish list for Santa. In the charming tale that follows, Audrey and Eve are surprised to find their own hearts healing from the tragedies of war and opening to the possibility of forgiveness and new love.