ST. NICHOLAS: A STORY OF JOYFUL GIVING
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We were hopeful for this latest Veggie Tale, especially since it started off with the premise that Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber would explain who Saint Nicholas really was. In the beginning, the story does just that, showing Nicholas' life as a young boy in ancient Greece, and is in fact fairly accurate through Nicholas becoming an orphan.
It is Nicholas' (young) adult life that the Veggie Tales team takes creative license with. Had this not been a story about an actual historical figure AND one that was claiming to set history straight, I would have had no problem with the ensuing silliness. But instead of sharing the story of how Nicholas helped 3 daughters with no dowry money by throwing sacks of coins through their window late at night, the V.T. team puts Nicholas in ridiculous disguises, the last looking basically like a modern day Santa Claus. Not only do they manage to get a red fur-trimmed suit into the ancient Greece setting, but they also add snow, trips down chimneys, and a "sleigh" and "reindeer" into the story. Granted, Larry the Cucumber is trying to make it more "Christmasy" but in doing so, he's gone right back to confusing children as to who St. Nicholas actually was.
So once again, I can only recommend a book instead of a video. If your children are ready to hear the true story of St. Nicholas (as my 6 and 4 year old were), then I can only suggest Santa, Are You For Real? by Harold Myra.
I certainly hope the V.T. team can return to their roots. This video (even its "silly" song) left us sorely disappointed. Here's hoping I can return it to my local Christian bookstore...
Bob the tomato tells the true story of St. Nicholas, while Larry the cuke constantly interrupts with more conventional ideas of Santa Claus. The real saint threw bags of money down the chimneys of poor women to save them from being forced into brothels. In this kid-friendly version, young Nick saves the poor from going to jail. Either way, he becomes the patron saint of those who fight human trafficking. The DVD includes ways for kids and families to help a long-established charity called Samaritan's Purse, and a catchy video by Matthew West and Amy Grant, "Give This Christmas Away."
There's an intense scene when the young Nick's parents die, which might be disturbing for very young kids, like similar scenes in Disney films like Bambi. The film is filled with witty asides and references to holiday trivia and packed with well-performed, singable songs.Read more ›
this can really open up doors for a separation between what has become Santa and the roots of St. Nicholas.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because of the imagined snow and the sheep that became like reindeer.. i really think they stretched it too much and I'm not sure that younger kids will be able to separate it out between what is being imagined and what they are really trying to portray about the actual story.
the music is great.
the music video made me cry.
the intent of the video is AMAZING.
the story is wonderful & really necessary. I am so glad they made this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a first grade teacher, I always need videos on hands and my students went crazy for this one. Just what I wanted and needed.Published 19 days ago by Khiggins
Of all the veggie tales Christmas videos, this is the best. Bob and Larry do a great job comically dealing with some very difficult issues: loosing one's parents, financial... Read morePublished 23 days ago by sd
Got this to watch on Dec 5th for St Nicolas Day. Worked well for that aside from the beginning of the story being set on christmas eve - but that wasn't for long till the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Treenz
Great story that my children love to watch over and over (and I don't even get tire of it!). Fun music, good lesson and a little history.Published 1 month ago by treegrove
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