Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus' birthday? More than you'd think! VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along intrepid newsman Buck Denver journey into the world's most popular holiday! You know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas? Don't miss the educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties.
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.
I paid nearly twice the current price for this DVD and do not regret it. We have gotten many of the other Buck Denver "What's in the Bible?" DVDs from our local library but they did not carry this one. It's just as well because I see it being one that we watch several times a season for many years to come, especially as our children get older. I learned some things I did not know from this DVD but it is also presented in a humourous way (without being at all disrespectful) and it is a joy to watch.
(As an aside, this DVD also comes with a coloring sheet of its cover inside, which may not seem like a big deal, but since we have been getting the other DVDs from the library my five year old has never been allowed to use the coloring sheets before (and before you say we could make a copy, the other library coloring sheets have always already been colored in by a previous child) so my son was thrilled to be able to have one to color in himself, despite not really being into coloring books or anything like that anymore. (We have since ordered the "What's in the Bible?" coloring book, though!) )
this video is an effective way of illustrating not just Jesus' birth, but also why we have Christmas trees, and some backstory of Santa. my kids love it, and as a parent, I can recommend it to other parents who want their children to know the meaning of Christmas.
I thought this was a cute, fun DVD about the origins of many of the Christmas traditions. It's a well-made and fun romp through the centuries of Christmases past with puppets made for children as well as the child in all of us!
Buck Denver decides to have a party and invites his friends (invitations delivered by flying squirrel) to come to his house for said party. Along the way, each invited guest has question about a Christmas tradition which is answered as the story moves along. Frankly, I learned a lot about the Christian origins of traditions I have always taken for granted.
This is a fun DVD that will obviously play well at Christmas time and obviously be enjoyed most by children. Having said that, I think a lot of older "children" will enjoy it as well. This is a fun video, well deserving of five stars.
This video was playing in the children's section of a LifeWay bookstore when I stopped by to do some Christmas shopping. My 3-year-old son was mesmerized by it, cackled at the jokes, and did not want to leave the store before it was over. I had never heard of the Buck Denver videos, but I purchased it for him and my 5-year-old daughter as a pre-Christmas treat. They both enjoy it, and my son laughs out loud every single time. :-) My husband and I actually learned some interesting facts about why we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah the way we do. I like having a video from a Christian perspective about Christmas that both kids enjoy.
My kids love watching the videos. I love that they are learning about their faith; I even learn things too! The videos do a great job of giving an overview of salvation history and where the different Bible stories fit into it. The songs are catchy. My kids ask to watch the videos (we have 1-6 & 10) so much that my 5 year old can recite the entire 1st video along with the show. I love it because they reference the video in other conversations showing that they are paying attention and learning.
Our most recent order, from FaithBuys, came on time and was packaged wonderfully - nothing damaged yet nothing unnecessary.
My boys (ages 5 and "almost" 7) loved this! It was the perfect movie to cover everything that I had been trying to teach them this season - with tons of laughter. My 21month old sat through parts of it and enjoyed the characters - but it will still be a while before she enjoys it the same way her brothers did. This was our first Buck Denver movie and we will definitely plan to add to our collection.
The teaching in this series is well-researched and rock solid. In addition to a succinct yet thorough overview of what's in the Bible, it gives kids (and adults!) a context for why and when the books were put together. My children were a bit skeptical at first because the characters are puppets, but the depth of content and the creative genius of Phil Vishcher were enough for them to stay tuned.