Tuesday, October 16, 2012

VeggieTales the Ultimate Christmas Collection - I'm Giving One Away!

If you are looking for something which you could use in your ministry at a Christmas party, consider the VeggieTales Ultimate Christmas Collection as it will help children think through and celebrate what Christmas is all about!

For the past several years VeggieTales has released Christmas stories . . . some of which have become my favorite Veggie stories! This year they have put together a "Veggie Christmas Marathon!" This VeggieTales Ultimate Christmas Collection features the entire Veggie Christmas collection, you'll find on two DVDs, It's a Meaningful Life, Saint Nicholas: a Story of Joyful Giving, The Star of Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, The Toy that Saved Christmas, Christmas Singalong Songs DVD and 25 Favorite Christmas Songs CD!

The Little Drummer Boy DVDSo, today I'm delighted for the opportunity to share with you the Little Drummer Boy! Veggies took the classic story of the Little Drummer Boy and added their "Veggie touch" with songs, fun and most importantly, a much-needed lesson we all need to hear!

In this story, Junior is hurt because he thinks his friends "ditched" him when they went caroling. He becomes angry, but Grandpa Grape encourages him with the truth, "sometimes people make mistakes and the best thing you can do is to forgive them." He then shares the story of the Little Drummer Boy with Junior, who learns, "every good story has some bumps along the way" and "when our hearts are filled with joy and love we are able to forgive those who hurt us." Veggies re-tells the story of the Little Drummer Boy with a strong emphasis on forgiving others - a message we all need to hear . . .  "Far more powerful than what any person could take away from him was the gift of love and forgiveness given to him the first Christmas morning! Because God forgives us - we can forgive others!" Talk with your children about a time when they were hurt by someone. Help them understand when they make the choice to forgive, they are making the choice to show God's love and experience joy! Just as in this story Aaron and Junior made the choice to forgive, we can do the same!

"The Little Drummer Boy features a special version of the iconic “The Little Drummer Boy” song performed and recorded by Dove and Grammy Award-winning artists BeBe and CeCe Winans just for this episode, as well as the brand new Silly Songs, “The 8 Polish Foods of Christmas” and “Can’t Smile Without Ewe.”


Not only did Veggies send me the Ultimate Christmas Collection for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! Hooray! If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in this give-away which will be on November 2, 2012 - please comment below to let me know if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG (not just liking the post) and/or have followed About the Children's Department by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win this movie and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading About the Children's Department and for sharing it with the people you know!

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