Why Do We Call It Christmas? {Giveaway}

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“Mommy, why is there Christmas in the store?” she asked me the week before Halloween.

Good question.

How do you explain a Holy Day our world has commercialized beyond recognition to a 4 year old?

I’ve learned that I can’t leave it up to the world to tell my children the true meaning of Christmas.

Even more, I can’t leave it up to The Church.

It’s not their job to explain what’s in the Bible or the meaning of Christmas.

It’s mine.

And I’ve recently discovered an amazing tool that can come along side and help me teach them well. From the makers of Veggie Tales, it’s What’s in the Bible?

We have a couple of the movies and music CDs. They songs are catchy, but the message is eternal. My youngest loves them!

And they have a brand new DVD called Why Do We Call It Christmas?

[Click play to watch this 5 minute excerpt]

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?

Run Time: approx. 60 minutes

 

The What’s in the Bible? DVDs are usually $12 each. This holiday season, click here and you can buy the first five DVDs PLUS the Why Do We Call It Christmas? special for $37.95 (for six inspirational DVDs). Nearly half off the original price!

And today, I’m giving away a SET of the six DVDS to one lucky reader.

Please visit here if you’d like to learn a little more and then leave a comment on this post if you’d like to be entered.

[This post contains an affiliate link, but the opinions are 100% mine and I’ve got the cute kid singing the catchy songs to prove it!]

Updated to add: There is a $9.95 shipping and handling fee with this set, so your total price shipped is $47.90 if you choose to buy the set of 6.

Giving Birth is Hard Work

Her pains come hard and fast.

Even before the labor begins.

She is unsure about the pressing child within, the one she wanted to abort, who will now live.

Her labor is long and difficult. Her groans audible. At the pinnacle, a distressed baby is born with the help of skilled hands.

Her pain produces a son.

Our pain gives her a home.

Christ gives them both a future.

I know this pain. For I am pregnant, too.

Romans 8:22-28: All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs.

My womb is empty, but I’m pregnant with waiting. Waiting for Him to answer, to reveal, to show the way, to accomplish what I cannot. I’m learning that helping our precious girls safely deliver their unplanned and usually unwanted babes into the world, is just the beginning of the hard work.

These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting.

And as our waiting grows, so do we.

We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

This giving birth is long and painful. It is soul-weary work we don’t know how to do. But if we knew the how, we wouldn’t need Him. He is waiting on us to need Him.

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.

My sighs and aching groans are noisy. I am weary and I don’t know how to do this. It is too hard for me. I don’t know how to make a mother love her baby or help a detached orphan girl bond with her child or repair these broken, broken girls or how to keep juggling home and work or even help my own son not feel weird in this world.

I don’t have the answers. Because I’m just a broken girl myself.

But I hang onto this promise, inscribe it on my heart:

He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

We are laboring for Him.

Giving birth is hard work.

*Scripture from The Message Bible

Can I encourage you to keep laboring? Even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard.

Custom Christmas Ornaments {A Vintage Pearl Giveaway}

UPDATED WITH WINNER: Congrats – comment #140 Rachel G and comment #40 Amy

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is buying each of my kids a new ornament every year. It’s usually sentimental or funny or both.

They get so excited to dig thru our ornament box and reminisce about each one. When they leave home one day {sob: I don’t want to talk about it} we will pass down my hubby’s tradition and let them take their special ornaments with them for their first tree.

We let them decorate the tree and then after they are asleep, we “fix” it. [What can I say? The OCD side of me cannot handle 19 ornaments on one branch].

This year, I’m starting a new ornament tradition: I want to add a new FAMILY ornament to the tree. Something we make together or that has our names on it. {That way, when my nest is empty, I’ll keep the family ornaments and all the memories. Why does this post make me want to cry??}

Here is what our 2011 FAMILY ornament given to us by The Vintage Pearl will look like:

Isn’t it lovely? I’m so excited to  hang it together on our tree.

A few other choices:

and

Today, The Vintage Pearl is giving away TWO ornaments (TWO winner’s choice) and TWO gift certificates for $25 to one family!

Take a look around and please leave a comment {with one of your Christmas traditions if you want} to be entered.

This giveaway ends Thursday.