Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Check This Out


Molly got an early Christmas present from one set of Grandparents yesterday.  They figured she should be able to enjoy her new Christmas movie, before Christmas.  We watched it this moring while getting around for Bible Study.  I really liked it!

I love Veggie Tales movies because there is a lot in there for adults too.  Plus they teach great Biblical values.  Bonus!  This new one is about the Spirit of Giving, and they "teach" about St. Nick.  I use the word teach lightly, since they "make up" stories in the videos and use their imagination.  I really don't think the real St. Nick was carrot, you see what I am saying.  But none the less, it's really cute, and has a fabulous lesson for kids, and adults.

One line from the movie that really stuck with me is "we don't give because it makes us happy, we give because we are happy."  Talk about true motives!  That really resonated with me and has made me think all day about my spirit of giving.

This Christmas our church is taking up a big Christmas offering to give to build wells in Ethiopia.  The people there desperatly need clean drinking water, and we want to help.  Eric and I decided that the money we would normally spend on gifts for people, we are going to put that in the offering instead.  Our family knows about this, and they think it's a great idea.  So part of this big Christmas offering is going to build clean drinking wells, and the other part is going to a local mission.  We are making gift tags to give to people that say something like "you gift this year is clean drinking water" or something to that effect.  I don't know the exact wording, but you all know what I mean.   So check out this awesome video we have been showing at church...it only takes a minute, if that, and you will be forever changed!

11 comments:

April said...

What an adorable little video! I can't wait until I can watch my son as he begins to understand and ask questions regarding matters like "giving, sharing, loving". Thanks for sharing today. Money has been low all around here this year, so most of my gifts for people are homemade :)

Becca said...

What a great video! I LOVE Veggie tales! I tried soo hard to get Autumn to watch them but she just didn't care for them at all. :(

Becca said...

Also, that is such a great thing you guys are doing!! Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and prayers about the boys as well.

Holly said...

Veggie tales are awesome! And I love the line you shared from the movie. Yes, we should give b/c we are happy! I think it is wonderful that you are not giving presents but instead helping out with the water. We should all help others in some way!

Kristin said...

I almost posted that video yesterday on my blog! It is such a powerful video and so very true. When it shows the amount it would take to fix the water problem and then shows how much we spend on Christmas each year, that should make everyone want to change! And I am getting very grumpy buying stuff and spending money this year, knowing it could be spent for such a better cause. I know I have a changed heart, because I have never felt so strongly about this before. Still, I've been out buying unnecessary gifts for people who don't need a thing. I'm going to formulate a plan for next Christmas and let everyone know that it's not going to include me buying them something they don't want or need! I am excited that at least this year our small group is sponsoring a family. It's a single Mom with 4 kids and I can't wait to go shopping for them!

He & Me + 3 said...

I was wondering about that movie. We have seen it in the Bible bookstore. Sounds great...but what Veggie Tale movies isn't? I think that is great that your church is doing that offering. What a blessing.

Veronica said...

Molly's video sounds awesome!

I really like that Rethinking Christmas video too! I posted it on my blog a couple of weeks ago and I think it's so powerful. Makes you think about what's really important, that's for sure!

Steph T. said...

love Veggie Tales....my kids used to watch them and I would laugh more than them sometimes!
Awesome idea about giving to the mission instead of giving gifts! What an example you are setting for others!

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

You guys are so generous with giving hearts. Veggie Tales are great. That's all Bella wants to watch these days. The Toy that Saved Christmas, Madame Blueberry, Minnesota Cuke. I laugh my head off they are so funny!

Stephanie said...

I just LOVE Veggie Tales! I've been looking at Goodwill to get my hands on as many of them as possible. My daughter honestly SQUEALS with delight when she gets them.

What a neat way to give to others this Christmas! We decided to put together a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child - I just so wish I could see the face of the child receiving it. I look forward to teaching my children about giving to others too.

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

I am going to have to get that video! How awesome! WE love veggie tales around here!