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What’s In The Bible: Why Do We Call It Christmas?

 

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Christmas time can be a bit confusing for little ones, and some adults too. We all know the story about the birth of Jesus, and that he is the real reason for the season, but how did Santa Claus come into the picture? Why do we hang stockings and decorate Christmas trees? After all they didn’t have a Christmas tree in the manage when baby Jesus was born.

A new DVD from Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer explains how all the traditional holiday traditions are linked back the birth of Jesus. It’s called What’s In The Bible: Why Do We Call It Christmas? Believe it or not there is a connection for each and every holiday tradition.

Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus’ birthday?  More than you’d think! 
Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world’s most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas? Don’t miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas?

The DVD touches upon the following questions.

-Where do we get the word Christmas?

-When was Jesus born?

-What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?

-Who is St. Nicholas?

-What is Hanukkah?

And many more questions are answered by Buck Denver and his friends.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

I had the opportunity to watch the film. I honestly thought it was going to be geared only towards little kids, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the film was enjoyable for both young and old alike. There were scenes that adults would find funny where as little kids might not “get it” and vice versa.

To be honest with you I didn’t know about a lot of the topics explained in the DVD. I knew why we hung stockings by the fireplace, and I knew why people put oranges in their stockings, but that is about it. Plus I didn’t know there was a connection to the birth of Jesus with any of these holiday traditions.

Even the name Christmas. I didn’t know what the connection was. I know there is “Christ” in the word to represent Jesus, but that is it. Thanks to the DVD What’s In The Bible: Why Do We Call It Christmas? I learned that in Europe they used to hold special masses in honor of the birth of Jesus. They were know as Christ’s Mass. Some where along the way it was shortened to just Christmas. Interesting…

A lot of interesting facts about Christmas are shared in this movie, things that both children and adults would find interesting. I would consider this a “family” film, not just a kiddie movie.

PHOTO SOURCE: What's In The Bible Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: What’s In The Bible Facebook page

There are a lot of whimsical and interesting characters in the movie including a rickshaw driving monkey, a Pirate named Pete, a talking Popsicle stick puppet, robots and a little boy who insists that you can shoot missiles from your toes (aka – Mistletoe).

The film is done with a combination of puppetry and animation. The characters are cute and very likable.

This would make a wonderful film to add to your family’s holiday film collection as well as a film that could be shared with a Sunday School classroom. I like that this film can be used in conjunction with discussions about the real reason behind the holiday. It’s NOT about getting gifts, candy canes and days off from school. There is so much more to the holiday.

If you would like to learn more about this film you can check out the official website here. You can also check out What’s In The Bible on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. The official hashtag is #WhyDoWeCallItChristmas.

Look for What’s In The Bible: Why Do We Call It Christmas? where DVDs are sold. You can also purchase it on the website. It’s currently on sale for $9.97.

Have you seen any of the other What’s In The Bible DVDs? Are you a fan of Veggie Tales?

PHOTO SOURCE: What's In The Bible Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: What’s In The Bible Facebook page

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Jurassic World coming to theaters in June 2015

 

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I am a big fan of the Jurassic Park movies. The first one was by far the best, but the sequels were not bad either.

I remember seeing Jurassic Park in the movie theater – not once but twice. That was 21 years ago! I cannot believe that. It seems like only yesterday.

Coming to theaters next year (June 12, 2015) is what I can assume is another sequel to the popular movie franchise. The new film is called Jurassic World.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong and Judy Greer.

Check out the trailer.

 

The movie looks really good and I am excited to see it, especially because its going to be in 3D. I also want to see that the hybrid dinosaur looks like.

If you would like to keep up to date on the film visit www.JurassicWorld.com and visit www.JurassicWorldMovie.com. The official hashtag is #JurassicWorld.

What do you think about the new film? Do you think you’ll go and see it when it’s in theaters? Are you a fan of the other Jurassic Park films?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own 

 

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Strange Magic coming to theaters in January 2015

 

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A new animated film from LucasFilm Ltd., is coming to a theater near you on January 23, 2015. The film is called Strange Magic and it stars the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molinastein and Peter Stormare.

Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted) from a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

Check out the trailer.

 

It looks really good. I love the strange creatures featured throughout the film. It looks really funny too.

If you would like to keep up to date on this film “like” the official Facebook page. You can also follow Strange Magic on Twitter. The official movie hashtag is #StrangeMagic.

What do you think about this film? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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It’s time to “talk turkey” with a new Free Birds movie combo package

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They’re back! Those crazy turkeys, Reggie, Jake and all their feathered friends, are back on DVD with a special comb package just in time for Thanksgiving.

In case you haven’t seen this hilarious, fun family film you are missing out. I reviewed it back when it was originally released on Blu-ray/DVD.

Free Birds is the story of two turkeys – Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson). Reggie is the Presidential pardoned turkey enjoying the good like at Camp David (which includes a lot of pizza). Jake was bred and born in captivity but managed to escape when he was young.

Jake is convinced that the government has a secret time machine. He wants to use it to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to make sure that turkey is not on the menu. Jake is actually correct – there is a time machine. He is able to get inside of it (along with unwilling participant Reggie) to go back in time to the first Thanksgiving. There the pair meet up with some of the early settlers (some of them are not so nice) as well as a whole community of turkeys who are doing a good job staying off the settler’s plates. That is until Reggie and Jake come along and mess things up.

Can Reggie and Jake fix things before it’s too late? Will they be able to change the course of culinary history? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Free Birds.

The new packaging includes a super adorable plush toy (pictured above). The special addition package is available exclusively at Walmart.

Fans of the movie will appreciate the little plush “chick”. He/She would also make a great stocking stuffer for the little one in your family.

In addition to the film and the super cute plushie, there are plenty of special features to keep your family “stuffed” with laughter.

Special Features

  • Birds Flipping History
  • Animating Free Birds: The Main Course
  • Winging It: Animators in Action
  • Talking Turkey with Composer Dominic Lewis
  • Shake a Tail Feather” Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer

Watching this film together with your family and friends on Thanksgiving would be the perfect ending to hopefully a perfect day.

Have you seen the film? Did you have a favorite character or scene?

Happy Thanksgiving from Reggie, Jake and the rest of the Free Birds gang.

 

Kimberly

*I will be receiving a free copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns premieres on Lifetime on November 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM (EST) / 9:00 PM (CST)

 

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I am not catholic, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t respect priests and nuns. In fact I am very impressed by them. I could not imagine giving up everything to serve God.

As odd as it sounds I am fascinated by that sacred world. Most people don’t get to see what goes on “behind the scenes” and the process one must go through in order to become a full fledged nun. I’m pretty sure it’s NOT like it appears in the film The Sound of Music.

A new series premiering on Lifetime explores the lives of five young women and their decision to join the sisterhood of nuns. The series is appropriately called The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. It airs on Lifetime on November 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM (EST) / 9:00 PM (CST).

The all-new groundbreaking Lifetime® seriesThe Sisterhood (#Sisterhood) follows five young women who are considering the life-changing decision of taking religious vows to become Catholic nuns. For the first time ever, cameras were granted access to three convents* where the women live and work together alongside nuns during the discernment phase, the process wherein they decide if they want to formally continue on their holy path.

In observance of the sacred vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, they leave behind everything they have come to love – boyfriends, family members and all their worldly possessions – to see if they have what it takes to become servants of the church and brides of Christ.

There are five young women in this series. Who will join the sisterhood and who will have second thoughts?

Christie, 27, from Glendale, California, likes to rock out with her country music band while still following all the traditional tenets of the church.

Claire, 26, a parish music minister from Joliet, Illinois, was homeschooled throughout her childhood in a devout Catholic home.

Eseni, 23, a former beauty queen and aspiring model from the Bronx, rebelled against the church as a teen but has returned to Catholicism in search of her true calling.

Francesca, 21, is a recent graduate and die-hard believer from New Jersey who struggles with church positions on hot-button issues.

Stacey, 26, is a lifelong Catholic who lives in New York and has traveled throughout the country, performing in musical theater.

None of these ladies strike me as being a typical “candidate” for the sisterhood. It will be interesting to see how their stories unfold as they spend six weeks at a convent.

I’m looking forward to getting an inside peek at a convent too. So little is known about what goes on behind those closed doors.

Here is a sneak peek at the series.

 

For more information visit their official Lifetime webpage – The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. You can also check out Lifetime on social media.

The official hastag for the series is #TheSisterhood.

What do you think about the series? Will you be tuning in? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Lifetime to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Star Wars – The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions now available on Blu-ray

 

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I’m very excited for the new Star Wars film which is expected to land in theaters in December 2015. I’m sure the film is going to create a whole new generation of Star Wars fans.

I am a life long Star Wars fan. I saw the original film, Star Wars: The New Hope, in the theater when it was first released. I’ve been a fan every since.

Have you seen the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars yet? It’s an animated series based on the Star Wars series. I watched many episodes from the series. I admit I was not a die hard fan of the series where I couldn’t miss an episode, but I did watch them as often as I could. I think they gave a lot of insight and background to the stories Star Wars fans know and love. It also helped give some insight into the characters and their background stories.

I honestly thought the series had ended. I didn’t know that the Cartoon Network “pulled the plug” on the series. I wonder why?

What remained were 13 episodes that were already created. Instead of letting the episodes get locked away in a cabinet some where the show’s creator opted to put the remaining episodes on Blu-ray for fans to enjoy.

These remaining episodes (seen by some as Season 6) are available on Netflix. It was the only place you could see them until now. Now the Lost Missions episodes are available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Even though I missed a lot of the episodes I still wanted to see these formerly “unseen” episodes. I was curious to not only learn more about the beloved characters and story line, but I also wanted to see if they gave any kind of a hint about what Star Wars 7 is about.

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The animation for this series is awesome. It’s not your typical “kiddie” animation with cutesy characters and bright colors. It’s more of a grown up type of cartoon although children can enjoy this as well (not little ones because some of the characters can be scary and the fight scenes might be too intense).

The quality is excellent, most especially because it’s on Blu-ray.

The story line is awesome. As I said, this is not a “kiddie” show. The stories and situations are more complex and intense then an episode of the Mickey Mouse Club. :-)

It would help if you have seen earlier Star Wars: Clone Wars episodes before watching The Lost Missions. You CAN still enjoy the episodes without seeing previous episodes, but you would understand things better and appreciate the episodes more if you know what led up to them.

True fans of the series will want to pick up a copy of Star Wars: Clone Wars so that you can see where the series was meant to leave off – not what was seen on television.

There are some bonus features on the Blu-ray including four additional story reels – “A Death on Utapau,” “In Search of the Crystal,” “Crystal Crisis” and “The Big Bang.” There is also an interesting documentary about the entire series which gives viewers and fans some insight into how this series was brought to life. I always find these “background” stories interesting. It makes you appreciate the show much more when you know what went on behind the scenes to bring it to life.

Look for Star Wars – Clone Wars: The Lost Missions where ever Blu-rays are sold.

Have you seen the series before? What do you think about it? Have you seen the Lost Missions?

Here is a clip for your enjoyment.

 

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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