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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?

Jurassic World

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.

Strange Magic

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 Hunger Games: Mockingjay – in theaters November 21, 2014

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lions Gate. I received a book, products, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
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Several years ago my daughter was begging me for a series of books from an author Suzanne Collins. I knew nothing of the books or the author so I was reluctant to purchase books I knew nothing about (just in case they were not age appropriate). After learning that all her friends were reading a book called The Hunger Games I figured it was OK for her to read the book so I picked her up a copy.

My daughter was so into the book that she read it in a matter of a couple of days and begged me to get her the second one in the series.

About the same time we learned that the book was coming to theaters are a feature film by the same name, The Hunger Games. My daughter was so excited. The day the movie came out she went to see it with her friends.

Admittedly I had no interest in the book or the film.

One day I saw the DVD in the store and bought it as a gift for our daughter. She watched it several times back to back. I knew there had to be something about the movie to make my daughter such a huge fan. So one day when everyone was at work and school I popped the movie into the DVD to watch it. I was hooked! I didn’t think it would have been that good. I even picked up my daughter’s copy of the book and read that too (I wish I had read the book first). Before I knew it I was also excited when we learned that the next book in the series was also coming out as a feature film. As soon as that film was available on DVD I purchased it as well because I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Katniss and her friends.

We do have the second book in the trilogy but I haven’t read it yet (my daughter did).

On November 21, 2014 the first part of the last book in the trilogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, comes to theaters.

Thanks to Mom Central I received a copy of the book, Mockingjay, as well as a few more copies to give out to friends.

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I started to read the book the same day it arrived. I couldn’t wait to dive into it.

I invited over a couple of friends and a neighbor for an afternoon of The Hunger Games. I picked up some “grown up” snacks (crackers, fancy cheeses, cheese spread), fruits and tea biscuits, coffee, tea and wine.

We watched both films, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire back to back. Thank goodness The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is on Netflix because I couldn’t track down our copy. I wanted to make sure that we saw BOTH films in sequence.

After we watched both films (and chatted a lot about the movies and “mom stuff”) I surprised each of them with a copy of the book Mockingjay, which is the third and final book in the series. They were psyched! No one knew what was going to happen next to Katniss or what happened to Peeta. Personally that is one thing I was super curious about – Peeta.

A few of the ladies started to flip through the book but I asked that they wait to read it so we can all start on the book together (although I cheated – I did start to read it).

I showed the trailer to my guests (via my computer) to get them excited about the book an the upcoming movie. Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

We were going to get together again and discuss the book and share our thoughts this weekend, but I was invited at the last minute to go to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and couldn’t set something up. I feel bad about that too.

The movie opens on the 21st and we had planned to go and see it together (a few of us – not everyone could make it). Instead of seeing the film opening weekend (which would be a nightmare – the theater will be packed) we are going to plan a little impromptu get together next Saturday morning (I have plans in the afternoon) to discuss the book (we all finished reading it as far as I know). Hopefully we can meet up at the mall and go see the film the following weekend.

I’m done reading the book. I was going to pace myself a little better but I had to see how it ended. I was surprised at the ending – sort of. I THINK I kind of felt it would end the way it did, but I wasn’t 100% sure.

Some might this the book and movies series are for teens and ‘tweens. They are not. Plenty of grown ups enjoy them just as much as the younger crowd does.

I really like Katniss. I like how she is fiercely loyal and protecting of her family and friends and how she stands up for others.

A great book and a glass of wine with friends.

A great book and a glass of wine with friends.

She’s a hero, and she’s a strong women (emotionally and physically) but she doesn’t apply that label to herself. She doesn’t see herself as a hero. She’s just Katniss. She’s the same humble, down to Earth girl she’s always been. I like that quality about her. She didn’t let the games or all the corruption get the best of her.

This is all evident the third book in the series which is probably the most action packed out of all of them. I also like that we see more of Gale in this book then we have in the past.

I also like the “sci-fi” aspect to the series. I find it fascinating, although the idea of having the different districts doesn’t sound too appealing.

If you would like to learn more about the film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I please visit the official website. Part II should be released this time next year.

Have you read all three books in the series? Have you seen both films? Are you looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Poster

Kimberly

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Movie Review – Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

 

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Are you a fan of the animated series Phineas and Ferb? My kids love that show. They watched it all the time when they were younger (and still do from time to time). I never watched the show until I was sent their holiday show to review. I laughed so hard! Dr. Doofenshmirtz cracks me up.

I am a big time Star Wars fan. I have been the original film. I still remember seeing it in the movie theater with my father. I was in awe of it. I couldn’t wait for the sequels (and prequals). I’m even super excited for the latest Star Wars film to come to theaters.

The creators of Phines and Ferb came up with their own version of Star Wars that I think Phineas and Ferb and Star Wars fans will find fun and entertaining. It’s appropriately called Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars.

I initially thought that this movie was going to be Phineas and Ferb characters as Star Wars characters (for example, Candace as Princess Leia). I was wrong.

The characters from the series, Phineas and Ferb, are all in the movie as well as characters from the original Star Wars film, The New Hope (Star Wars IV). Phineas and Ferb live in the same universe as the rest of the Star Wars characters. In fact they appear throughout the film.

Phineas and Ferb live on the planet Tattooine and Luke Skywalker is a friend and neighbor. They act like their usual happy-go-lucky selves. Unknown to them they are going to get involved with rebellion.

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Each character from Phineas and Ferb have roles in this film. Candace is a storm trooper, Dr. Doofenshirtz is the evil Darthenshmirtz and Perry the Platypus is a secret agent who is trying to help the rebellion destroy the Death Star.

What I love about this film is that it’s NOT a remake of Star Wars with Phineas and Ferb characters but rather it’s a “dual movie” (for lack of a better description). There are two story lines (Phineas and Ferb and Star Wars) that intertwine with one another.

The movie is FUNNY. There are many “laugh out loud” moments. I found it interesting that my kids (neither have seen Star Wars – as shocking as that sounds) laughed at some parts and my husband laughed at others. There were times we all laughed together. There is something for everyone in this movie.

I am a big fan of Star Wars and the film creators did a great job staying true to the Star Wars story. It as fun seeing familiar characters from the Star Wars series too.

The animation is excellent. I loved seeing familiar things and places from Star Wars animated. It reminded me a lot of the animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars.

Check out this clip from the movie.

 

Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars is available now where ever movies are sold.

Here are some activities your family might enjoy too. Simply click on the file (link) to download, save and print out the activities.

What do you think about this film? Have you seen it? Do you think its something you family would enjoy? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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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