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Wonderful details on origin of Christmas itself and Christmas symbols
on October 18, 2011
I just received this today and already put it in to watch with my kids. The format is a little different from the "What's in the Bible?" series, and the storytelling isn't quite as vivid. My 5- (just shy of 5 year old) son could only watch about half of it, so it might be geared for a slightly older school-aged kid.
Instead of the set of the Buck Denver news show, the video cuts to the different characters as they either prepare for a Christmas party at Buck Denver's cabin in the woods or travel to the party. It's fun to see the characters actually interact with each other a little bit. Basically, as they travel, bake cookies, and decorate, the characters ask questions like, "Why is it called Christmas?" or "Who is Santa Claus anyway?" Then through stories via the flannelgraph and the popsicle-stick puppet theater, explanations are given.
The video is quite talky, even for this series, hence I think my son will appreciate it more when he is a little older. Part of the issue is, he isn't even that versed in Christmas traditions like Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, etc. We opted to play those things down...but perhaps now that we're better armed with the video and explanations for the traditions, we'll start incorporating them more.
One tidbit that was fun to chew on: Jesus celebrated Hanukkah.