Tuesday, December 11, 2012
What's in the Bible? Christmas Edition!
I had the opportunity to review in our home the Christmas Edition of the new What's in the Bible? dvd series made by Phil Vischer, whose name you'll probably recognize from the widely popular VeggieTales series. This dvd is entitled Why Do We Call It Christmas? and is separate from the books of the Bible series offered.
I had thought that this series, like the VeggieTales, would be geared towards the preschool and early elementary set. Not so! While my twin toddlers enjoyed the puppets and voices, it was too chatty to keep them engaged. My 8 and 9 year old boys, on the other hand, are completely enamored!
It starts with Phil Vischer himself, who points out that we've all heard the story of Christmas, of baby Jesus born in a manger and the wise men coming to see him. He asks if we know how Santa, trees, and other seasonal traditions tie into all of that. We are told often that these are pagan customs, or just adopted so that pagans could continue their festivals even after being exposed to the truth. This dvd reveals some fantastic truths about the stories we know, and plunges even deeper!
Some of the things he talked about I was already aware of, such as the story of Saint Nicholas, but he plunges even further. Did you know that it's because of St. Nick that we get oranges in our stockings? It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was talking to my husband about how crazy it is to buy out-of-season fruit just so we aren't stuffed full of candy. I had no idea there was a reason behind that tradition! This dvd actually had quite a few tidbits of information that even I didn't know, and that's saying something.
My kids are walking around quoting this show now, and are showing off their Christmas knowledge (just like the main character, Buck Denver, said they could!) to family, friends, and even at church.
I am so excited to be partnered with What's in the Bible? as an affiliate as well. I knew that VeggieTales had changed ownership and have noticed that it has gotten away from teaching on Bible stories, instead using pop culture and fairy tales to get across random "moral" lessons. Such a disappointment! I'm so happy that Mr. Vischer is making his way back with quality shows and excellent entertainment. Much thanks to him and my family will definitely be looking for more!
What's in the Bible? is offering a dvd as a prize for one of my readers! Since it's so close to Christmas already, let's do this one flash-style - hurry and enter because this contest will end tomorrow at midnight! Send your friends and thanks so much! Merry Christmas! And, Happy Hanukkah - yes, Christians can celebrate Hanukkah too, just like Jesus did. :) Enter below!
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