Christmas is coming! The winter holiday season is my absolute favorite. I especially like making gifts for everyone, which means Christmas planning starts mid-summer. Now that the boys are getting older and are able to help me plan and make gifts, we have also been talking quite a bit about Christmas traditions. Our latest review from the Homeschool Review Crew is The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury – Audio Collection from The Familyman.
At first I though it would be a little strange to listen to Christmas stories in October, but our experience was quite the opposite. We are making plans based on ideas for from the stories with enough time to actually get them done! It has been quite a treasure to start the holiday season early this year.
About The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury
The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury is a delightful collection that includes six Christmas favorites told by master storyteller Jim Hodges:
-Captain Chaos and The Manger Blaster
-Cootie McKay’s Nativity
-The Bishop’s Dream
-Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest
-Gladys Remembers Christmas
The Christmas Treasury is available on both CD and as a digital download. I opted for the digital copy so I could use our iPod and speaker systems that we use with our other books and songs. Using iTunes, I created a Christmas playlist and added the entire Familyman’s Christmas Treasury.
Each story is between 15 and 30 minutes, making them the perfect length for us to listen to while doing chores or running errands around town. We listened to each story several times, with everyone picking their favorite.
Our Favorite Stories
After listening tot he story Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest, the boys and I had long talks about Christmas traditions. It was fun to hear the things that the boys remember. We have some clothing items that have been passed down from kid to kid, and I really enjoyed hearing the boy’s memories of traditions that I created. We also hear about the small tokens kept in the Christmas vest pockets that remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.
In Gladys Remembers Christmas, we have a beautiful story of celebrating the season despite loss. Gladys is reminded that God loves her and will never leave her. This one hit close to home for me, having lost my oldest brother around Christmas time when I was young. It has some elements that may hard for young children to listen to. Death and loss are pretty common topics around our house, so I felt this was a good story for my children, but if you have not talked about loss much in your home, I would save this for older children only.
Captain Chaos and the Manger Blaster was a favorite! The little boy, Jason, in the story felt like the story of Jesus’ birth was a little too boring and predictable. While retelling the story, he decides to add a few embellishments that later manifest as Captain Chaos. Jason wakes up the next morning to discover the story of Jesus’ birth has been erased. There is no faith, no prayer, no church. Can Jason save Christmas from being blasted away?
What Did We Think?
No surprise that we enjoyed listening to audio dramas right? Story teller Jim Hodges has a great voice that brings the stories to life and the recordings were high quality. I especially appreciated that these stories are short in comparison to many others that we have listened to in the past. They are the perfect length for a quick car trip around town. With the one exception noted above, I think these stories are fun for the entire family. We look forward to listening to them again over the next few weeks as Christmas approaches!