Captain Chaos has come to attack the manager with the Manger Blaster, Cootie McKay saving the nativity, Harold Grubbs and a Christmas Vest. What in the world do all of these and other stories have in common? They are all part of The Familyman's Christmas Treasury – Digital Download Collection from The Familyman.
For this review, we had the chance to listen to 8 of these wonderfully funny and meaningful stories from The Familyman. These stories included:
- Captain Chaos and The Manger Blaster
- Cootie McKay's Nativity
- The Stranger
- The Bishop's Dream
- Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest
- Gladys Remembers Christmas
- The Secret of Snow Village
- It's Called Christmas
These stories are fun, humorous and very touching all at the same time. We enjoyed listening to these stories and I can't wait to tell you a little about them
Each one of these stories lasted about 15-30 minutes and were filled with action right away. This was just the right amount of time to keep the focus of the kids. While all 8 of these stories are different, you will find one common theme among them, the true meaning of Christmas.
We first listened to Captain Chaos and the Manger Blaster. Jason feels that the nativity story is too boring and likes to tell his version with the Manger Blaster by the side of Captain Chaos. When he wakes up one morning to find out that the manger is no longer there and the whole story of Christmas is gone, he learns how special the real story of Christmas is!
Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest was about, well just that, a Christmas Vest. But that is not all. Isaac's dad digs out a Christmas Vest the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. When Isaac asks about where the vest came from, we learn about Harold Grubbs, the meanest man in town and the previous owner of the vest. This short story tells us about how Harold Grubbs changed and how Isaac's dad got to be the new owner of the vest!
Cootie McKay's Nativity was a great story about a little town a long time ago. We learn about how this little town almost didn't have a Christmas one year. However, thanks to a little boy named Cootie and all his deep thoughtful questions, Christmas was able to arrive! The kids loved listening to the questions and the answers, especially since they have had a lot of the same questions themselves.
The Stranger was my favorite story of them all. This story was about one church whose church members are nervous about a stranger in town that only seems to want to visit the members of this church. All the members want nothing to do with this stranger, hiding in their houses and turning him away. However, Sam's family welcomes this stranger into their house on Christmas Eve. What they found out by showing kindness to this stranger, was he really wasn't a stranger after all, but someone very special!
These are our favorite of the 8 stories. While we love them all, these were the ones that we listened to first every time. The kids loved to listen to these while working on school, drawing, or just eating snacks at the kitchen table. These have become a great addition in our Christmas Collection. We feel blessed that we have had the chance to listen to these wonderful stories. There is not one bad one in the bunch! Every one of them is so full of meaning. This is collection that every house should have in their house this Christmas!
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