Why do we call it Christmas?
Christmas is my family’s favorite holiday. By October, we are ready to put up the tree, decorate, watch Christmas movies, begin Advent, watch my husband struggle with the lights and everything in between! Even though we enjoy these things, for my family, Christmas is about our Lord and Savior.
We take this time to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. You won’t find decorations that say “Happy Holidays.” My kids won’t find presents wrapped under the tree with a tag that says “From Santa.” We pay homage to Saint Nicholas by putting candy in their shoes placed on the steps.
My kids receive three presents each Christmas to represent the three gifts given to baby Jesus. Having said that, we are always looking for new ways to bring attention to the TRUE meaning of Christmas for them. A few years ago we were blessed to watch some of the “What’s in the Bible Series?” The entire series is fabulous! A couple of weeks ago I was asked to review their Christmas DVD called, “Why Do We Call It Christmas?”
Here is what amazon says:
Buck Denver Asks….Why Do We Call it Christmas?
You’re invited to the Party of the year…an educational, informational, Christmical kind-of party! Join VeggieTales and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and his friends from the popular What’s in the Bible? series Buck Denver, Captain Pete, Sunday School Lady, Clive and Ian for the most unusual Christmas party ever! We know Christmas is one of everyone’s favorite holidays.
But have you ever wondered why we celebrate the birth of Jesus by chopping down trees and putting them in our houses? Or why we hang stockings by the fire? Or how Santa Claus became such a big part of Jesus’ birthday party? And why do we even call it “Christmas,” anyway? You’ve probably heard the Christmas story – but have you ever heard the story of Christmas?
• Why is it called “Christmas?”
• Why do we celebrate on Dec. 25th?
• What year was Jesus really born?
• What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?
• What about Santa Claus? Where did he come from?
• Which came first – Christmas or Hanukkah? And which one did Jesus celebrate?
• What are the “12 Days of Christmas?”
• How does the name “Emmanuel” explain the real meaning of Christmas?
As we sat and watched this DVD, not only did the kids learn and enjoy it, but I did too! My husband also enjoys the “What’s in the Bible?” DVDs! For those who don’t know, he is attending seminary, so one thing that is extremely important to our family is making sure that videos that are about the Bible are in fact Biblically sound. Well, I can tell you that I have never found anything questionable in the videos and we are SUPER picky!
I have met many like my family who do not do Santa Claus. In “Why Do We Call It Christmas?,” what is presented is the true story about St Nicholas and how the “Santa” story came about. We have shared this with our kids outside of this DVD numerous times! In fact, even though we do not personally do “Santa,” we do St Nicholas day on December the 6th! I really love how the story was presented for kids in this DVD. It was also very sensitive to those who do not do Santa as well. Like I said, we are picky! 🙂
I also enjoyed how this DVD explained Hanukkah! We as a family have also celebrated Biblical holidays as part of our homeschool. In fact, several years we have set out the menorah that I have and did the Festival of Lights during Hanukkah!
The way that it is presented in “Why do we call it Christmas?” is spot on Biblical! The kids were so excited to see how something they had discussed with Mom and Dad was presented in this story! My oldest is very picky about Bible doctrine. Although he is only 10, he can really pick something apart if it isn’t accurate! He loved this as well! The story gave solid scripture references so that kids could find the scripture verses in their Bible
(My oldest last year with his Dad helping light the Menorah for our Hanukkah study)
Last year I did a post about the 12 Days of Christmas. I LOVE how this was a way to share the gospel in a time where Christians were persecuted. My boys thought this section was great because they not only studied it, they were also able to watch it in this DVD!
I honestly could write on and on about this DVD and how educational and Biblical it is. I cannot say enough about it. I think this is a great DVD to own for a children’s ministry, homeschool, or anyone who values sharing the TRUE meaning of Christmas with their kids!
I am so blessed to have been a part of this review. I give it a 6/5 because we LOVE it!