VeggieTales “Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas”
Oh what a lovely DVD! My little one and I sat down to spend some snuggle time together and we decided to watch this show. I was hoping to start the idea of Christmas in her mind.
I am familiar VeggieTales having watched their silly songs and seeing a few of their Christian themed stories for sale. I think many people know of “Silly Songs with Larry” or others such as “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” and “Where Is My Hairbrush?”. If you’ve seen any of these before you’ll be glad to know this story manages to stay true to it’s silliness but still conveys the message of hope and love for Christmas time. Larry’s silly song here is “Wrapped Myself Up for Christmas.” Funny on it’s own!
If you’ve not seen any VeggieTales before, you’re missing out! The creators of these shows are really good. They appeal to children’s humor and adults can still find the fun in it, without any rudeness or creepiness. Something a lot of mainstream shows seem to think HAS to be included nowadays. VeggieTales is about vegetables singing different things in their lives, a tomato looking for his hairbrush, a squash that loves a cheeseburger and Larry the cucumber who sings almost all the other songs.
In this Christmas story however, they bring the message of why Christmas started and what we can do – Give hope and love to others – and help those in need. It’s done in a very gentle way without sounding preachy. My 3 year old didn’t really understand the “giving” part of it, she just really enjoyed the story, Larry is a silly mall elf in this story, but I got to point out the part where we see baby Jesus in the manger and gave us a chance to talk about Jesus birth at Christmas.
This story also has a few famous voices to boot. Si Robertson from “Duck Dynasty” fame is the narrator, and they humorlessly made a veggie look like him –beard and all! And there is also TobyMac from Owl City, whose Christmas song “Light of Christmas” is featured.
If you’re looking to expand your Christmas library with a nice story you can put on that will entertain toddlers until adults (it has a few puns for adults to listen out for – always my favourite in a show like this) this is it. It’s nice and short too -50mins – so the children won’t get bored too quickly. There are a few bonus features including Si talking about how it felt to be recorded. Oh and listen out for his quick Christmas carol!
Lastly I’d like to add that VeggieTales is working with Operation Christmas Child – a global children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse. You kind find out more info here: www.veggietales.com/friends/occ/
And at www.veggietales.com you can see a trailer, play games and learn about VeggieTales apps, etc so check it out!
I met Lynn in MOMS Club and she has two children. One of which is the same age as my daughter and they love to giggle and play together. Lynn Hooper is also a local Mary Kay Consultant while also being a full time mom. “A lot of what the business stands for is true to my heart. Mary Kay Inc. has a foundation that donates funds to help end domestic violence and also funds research into cancers that affect women. Mary Kay also has what’s called "The Golden Rule" which means God (faith) first, family second and business third. A great principal for me and nice to know I am part of a team that believes in this too.”