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Peace, love and joy… the real gems

Peace, love and joy... the real gems 
By Beth Volpert

Leaving a loving legacy defines Christine Martinello. Over the years, without her realizing it, she was developing the kind of good leadership and parenting skills that naturally show her love for her family and the natural extension of that love to those she meets. From those meetings come the gems of peace, love and joy that everyone needs. 

Christmas Love Box

As the owner of Training Solutions Int’l, Christine has shared her insights about leadership, loving life and Momager topics through public speaking, television, radio and books. The idea that her own family skills might be useful to others has given rise to a career that has coined the term Momager which is Mom + Manager.

The reach of her spirit into the lives of others has evoked a response; an outpouring of support for a project of another kind. Each year, since 1999, Christine and her husband, Bob, have been using what they came to call a Christmas Love Box to facilitate the giving of the gifts of love to each other and their children. In 2004, Christine began to incorporate the idea of the Christmas Love Box into her two-hour program, Holiday 911. “I heard so much complaining about stress during the holidays, that I wanted to help people reprioritize the season,” says Christine. “Christmas is about love and celebrating the birth of Christ.” 

After launching a successful book in Atlanta early in 2013, Christine wondered to herself, “What next?” She knew enough to listen for the answer in God’s own time and took three months to really consider what she might do. Her answer came in the form of three separate people who came to Christine and asked her to consider sharing the Christmas Love Box as a product. “The third of these people, Janice, specifically told me I needed to market this as a product,” says Christine. “Janice also shared with me a note her husband had written to her as a result of their first year using the Christmas Love Box idea; she told me that his note is in her jewelry box because, although she knew her husband loved her, she had no idea how much until she received the note.” With the written words of love being treasured so much that they were being placed in a box normally saved for precious gems, Christine got a clearer view of the value of the love notes. “I believe things often happen in three so I thought about the gift God had given our family and decided that this was the right time to share it.” 
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Christine and Bob, who is actually an accomplished poet, decided to write the accompanying book together. “Being able to work together and bring this baby into the world was wonderful,” says Christine. “The Christmas Love Box was something we had taken for granted for our family and now that our own three children have grown up, we can see what a sacred tradition the reading of the notes each year was.” Christine and Bob believe that it helped their own family grow in faith. “We had a rock solid binding and we wanted to share that gift,” says Christine. 

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                              Christmas Love Box team

Bob and Christine, and a team of talented artists created the box design, wrote the book for adults and children, prepared the templates for the notes and readied their website. It was a huge push and the pair have grown closer during the process. They are looking forward to the Christmas season when other families, some they know and others who will remain strangers, experience the deeper meaning of the Christmas season by instilling the highest of all things, love, into the lives of their families. “People will be able to take these notes wherever they want them to be,” says Christine. “They are little glittering gems that can respark the feelings that are evoked by the simple writing of a love note.” 

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