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A week of Christmas giveaways from Southern Savers!
If there’s one DVD brand that all of my kids can agree on, it’s Veggie Tales.  We pretty much love all of them.  We love watching them and singing them, we dont’t even need the movie on… we’ll just burst out into a round of “where is my hair brush”.  I love VeggieTales for another reason too, it teaches valuable stories and moral lessons.  For this Christmas season they are have released a new DVD!

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The newest edition to the family is: Merry Larry & the True Light of Christmas.

Larry The Cucumber is a working at the Spring Valley mall and just wants to spread joy during the holidays.  He meets a little girl with a big heart whose only Christmas wish is to help a friend in need.  And so starts Larry’s adventure to light up the holidays like never before and show the town of Spring Valley what Christmas is all about – “Christmas shines most bright and true when you give the love God gave you!”

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Another fun thing about this DVD is that it features Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty as Silas the Okra.

The Giveaway:

3 Southern Savers readers will win a copy of the Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas DVD signed by Si Robertson!

To Enter:

Leave a comment below telling me a way that your kids have learned the true meaning of Christmas.

This giveaway is sponsored by Veggie Tales but all opinions are 100% my own.

The winner of this giveaway will be chosen and posted to the Giveaway Winners Page Monday, 11/25.

Make sure you tune in for the rest of the giveaways this week and a HUGE giveaway from our friends at Amana to wrap everything up.

    • Savedbygrace617

      We have taught our children the true meaning of Christmas by baking Jesus a birthday cake every year and we also use the “Four things” gift idea for Christmas where each child chooses four things they’d like for Christmas but it must be one of each category~One thing you want, one thing you need, one thing you’ll wear and one thing you’ll read. This allows us to concentrate on the most important reason for the season and not get caught up in all the commercialism.

    • Jenelle

      One way my kids have learned the true meaning of Christmas is sharing and giving to others.

    • BowlOPeaches

      Each Christmas season we choose a family that could use some cheering up and make a basket of goodies/small gifts for them. We leave the basket on their doorstep, ring the doorbell, and get away unseen. The kids love it almost as much as their presents!

    • blessedwith2

      We teach our kids about St. Nicholas instead of Santa, because St. Nicholas was a real person who gave to others because God gave us the greatest gift- His Son, Jesus

    • Jessica

      They know whos real birthday it is!

    • Savedbygrace617

      We bake Jesus a birthday cake every Christmas and we also use the “Four things” gift idea where each child chooses one item from the following four categories~One thing you want, one thing you need, one thing you’ll wear and one thing you’ll read. This allows us to concentrate on the true meaning of Christmas and not get caught up in how commercialized it’s become.

    • Crystal

      Mine is only 8 months old, so this is her first Christmas. After Thanksgiving, we plan to put out a nativity scene without the baby Jesus in the manger, and then on Christmas morning, we’ll add it to complete the story visually for her.

    • Rachel Nash

      This is the 1st Christmas for my daughter where I think she can grasp the true meaning of Christmas, and she has enjoyed reading her kids Bible to bring home the message of Christ

    • Kevin Wilkie

      My youngest is only 2, so she’s still learning (Too quickly!), but my older two have known for years the real reason for the season.

    • briana juskowiak

      Every Christmas my GS troop including my three girls pick a local person in need from my old home health company. We collect donations and medical supplies, food, etc and descend upon their house with blessings. It is a win-win as the girls get to see first hand how others live and how blessing another person is rewarding.

    • donna

      my grandson would love

    • GaMommyof4

      Learning to be grateful is very important to me. Each year I take my children to work at a local food closet, each child selects and packs a shoebox for Operation Christmas child, and we take time each Christmas to volunteer with the Salvation Army to ring the bell at a local store. I want my children to know that the joy of Christmas is in the giving, just like God gave to us.

    • Suan

      We participated in OCC this year…gifts and letters to children in boxes going who-knows-where teaches the true meaning of Christ’s love at Christmas.

    • ajawee83

      very little emphasis on gifts, much more emphasis on serving others

    • sarah coughlin

      I am actually looking for ways for my 2 year old this year to help her appreciate it. She has some veggie tales movies but i am not sure if she understands yet.

    • Jennifer Lay

      We read about Jesus’ birth to teach our children the true meaning of Christmas. We also buy gifts for a family in need and deliver them to the family. This is to teach our children that Christmas is about giving to others just as God gave his Son to us.

    • Usmcwife

      We bake a happy birthday Jesus cake and sing happy birthday. We also read the real story of Christmas and participate in giving gifts to our pediatric hospital, reminding my kids the true meaning of gifts and Christmas!

    • Elizabeth

      My children put together shoeboxes for needy children in the area. He has learned that Christmas is not about how many toys are under the tree but being thankful that Jesus saved us from sin.

    • JSH4

      Our family has loved using the Legend of Saint Nicholas movie from VeggieTales. In fact, we are showing it to the kids in our church in a couple of weeks. It has helped us explain Santa while still keeping the focus on Jesus and giving rather than getting.

    • Mary C.

      We try to make sure they know the holiday is to celebrate Jesus’ birth and to honor him by serving others.

    • Charity

      This will be our son’s first Christmas! He’ll be 20 weeks old and already LOVES Veggie Tales. From his very first Christmas we’ll be teaching him about THE very first Christmas and would love for this to be a part of that for years to come. Thank you and God bless! :)

    • sthrngirl20

      My son is only 3 but last year we participated in Operation Christmas Child and again this year. This year he was able to understand more. If he’s asked who the presents in the shoe boxes are for he says little boys and little girls who don’t have much who need help. Participating in Operation Christmas Child will be a tradition we continue for years to come!

    • Traci T.

      One way that our daughter has learned the true meaning of Christmas is by going caroling with our church to the homes of the elderly members and local nursing homes. It has taught her that you don’t have to buy someone a gift to bring joy to their lives and it really is the thought that counts.

    • Jennifer R

      My children have to clean out there closets and toy bins before Christmas and give it away to the less fortunate. We as a family also fill a jar as a family with change (from the beginning of October no one uses change we put it all the change we get from purchases in the jar) to buy chickens and goats for out sponsored child from Guatemala. Lastly, we participate in Operation Christmas child to share with others the love of Christ. Thank you for this opportunity:)

    • A.Floyd

      I love having our children pick out and give gifts to a family that is less fortunate. This way they learn the joy of giving and love is the best gift.

    • KC

      We read the Christmas story and spend time as a family. :) Unto us a child is born!

    • dlbandjeb

      Our children volunteer with our church to give to foster children. There is also a church Christmas play about the meaning of Christmas.

    • Joey Bryan

      Each year, our family, with the kids, take a day to take presents to our firemen, postal carriers, and police officers and thank them for the job they do for us everyday.

    • Dayna F.

      my little ones are still figuring Christmas out, but one big rule we have is no presents until after Church. Jesus first. gifts later.

    • April

      Adopting a child for Christmas and last year we visited a orphanage and the boys gave up their presents for them.

    • Heather

      Last year we started the tradition of a Jesse Tree and will continue that tradition this year.

    • Carrie Matthews

      My kids help spread joy and cheer during this season. It’s not about the presents.. it’s about family & love,

    • jmichaels123

      My children & I participate in Operation Christmas Child at church. The kids love that they are getting to “buy” toys & things for the kids who don’t have anything.

    • jacky

      We talk about what we love and how we can help others.

      • jacky

        … hit enter too soon! When we talk about how to help others… we pick one way and follow through with it. :-)

    • Cristin

      Our kids are little but we’ve started Operation Christmas Child and we don’t talk much of Santa either

    • Sarah

      My daughter is only two so she communicates the true meaning by being loving, sharing, and hugging her friends at church!

    • Kristin

      My daughter does the angel tree or prepares shower kits for homeless people each Christmas

    • EFritz

      Our son helped us pick out toys and clothes for the local children’s home.

    • Stefanie E

      My twins turned two today! So they are still LEARNING the true meaning of Christmas but we fill boxes for Operation Christmas Child and they go to the dollar store and help me pick out the toys and gifts for the boxes, they help me put everything inside and they color pictures for the boxes. We’ve done this all three years with them, even when they were one month old, they got strapped onto my chest with the Moby and and went shopping with me! :) They also have the fisher price little people nativity and we play with it daily and talk about the significance of baby jesus and pray every night :)

    • Jessica K

      My LO is just about to turn 1 but I pray that we are able to instill in her the true meaning of Christmas even at her young age!! We love Veggie Tales in our house and this would be a super blessing for her stocking!!

    • Holly

      My kids participated in the Operation Christmas Child program at our church- bringing in items and then having a Packing Party to pack nearly 100 boxes (we only have about 20 kids in our church!) My youngest girls adopted kids through an adopt-a-child program with their Girl Scout unit. My older kids also are adopting several kids through an adopt-a-child program that the youth group is sponsoring. We also help at our our church’s food bank when they give out Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets to local families. We try to really take time and reach out into our community at this time of year when depression can be so high.

    • Laura Arnason

      We encourage our child to give to others (she loves Operation Christmas Child) to thank God for what He has given to us–His Son.

    • AABBCCDDEEFF

      The children in our family help our local church to deliver Christmas cards to anyone who lives in our community. Last year, the kids helped to deliver over 7000 cards. We saved the community around $3000 in postage! They enjoyed it because it is a fun time with their church friends, sing Christmas songs, and to help people in our church save a little money. The kids love visiting with everyone and spending time with the different people in our neighborhood.

    • sheylb

      My children were raised in the church and taught the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Debbie

      We have a birthday cake for Jesus each Christmas, and even before they open their stockings we all give Jesus a birthday present so our kids will always know the true meaning of Christmas.

    • tiptoes

      My child and their scout troop adopted a child from the angel tree. They used the money they had raised in a fund raiser to buy clothes, toys, etc for the child. They were so happy to help another child.

    • Lisa2468

      every year my kids sponsor a senior for twelve days of gift giving.

    • We have lots of books we read at Christmas time about baby Jesus, a play nativity set the kids love, and we give them 3 gifts on Christmas day, like the 3 gifts the wisemen brought. We choose to not focus on Santa, but we try to focus the season on Jesus’ birth. We love all the Veggie Tales movies and would love this new one. We love Uncle Si, too!

    • Crystal

      My son has started joining me in donating any clothes that don’t fit or that we don’t wear and toys that don’t get played with to those less fortunate. My littlest one is still learning about giving, but is mastering sharing for now.

    • jennifer

      My daughter is only 8 months now but she like watching cartoons. I think that you have to start them off early.

    • Lori Wright

      We read the Christmas Story from the Bible and we work on mission projects thru the year but during Christmas as well to show Jesus Love toward others.

    • GA-Jen

      My kids each do an angel tree gift each year.

    • Sarah Miller

      We do the angel tree at church and also participate in the Advent services. We also talk about Jesus’ birth a lot at home with our nativity set.

    • esyke623

      This year we adopted 2 homeless families from a local women’s shelter. We are giving many of our gifts to them, this year, and I’ve never felt more in the mood for the holidays. Giving is the true meaning of Christmas– God gave His Son to us, and we can show that same love to others!

    • Julie

      We do a sidewalk ministry weekly on Saturdays, and have for the past 9 years. No matter what day it is we have a stocking giveaway on the Saturday before Christmas, even if that is Christmas Eve or Christmas day! They have experienced what it is like to show Christ’s love by sacrificing their time to give to the less fortunate.

    • Rebecca Nikki Amnott

      By giving- we donate toys and gifts for kids in foster care

    • ragen

      donating toys

    • ashleydawn200483

      My kids learn the true meaning of Christmas from the Bible and we teach them to give back.

    • April Hester Davis

      Thank you for this awesome giveaway….Our daughters are 2.5 and 1 therefore they are still in the early stages of learning the true meaning of Christmas. With this giveaway, we hope to be able to use it as a teaching tool for our little ones for years to come in finding that the true light of Christmas shines most bright and true when they give the love God gave them. And with Si Robertson making an appearance in this DVD as Silas the Okra; we are super thrilled.

    • dannysangel

      My great nephew is only 3 and autistic so he doesn’t really understand Christmas yet but he loves Veggie Tales. Getting him to relate to much of anything or have interaction with much of anything can be a challenge and he doesn’t speak much but he loves some Veggie Tales and he will try his best to sing with them.. His Mom works from home and his Dad is a stay at home Dad so they can teach him themselves.. Dad is teaching him how to pray before bed time/ naptime and meals and Mom is working hard on manners.. They make me proud and his a blessing for the whole family..

    • amandablanton

      My boys no longer buy each other a Christmas gift. They take the money and use it to buy a gift from the Angel Tree or through a mission at our church. They know that giving is much better than receiving! We also pack shoeboxes with our church and have talked to our boys many times about how blessed we are so we need to share that with others.

    • Kristie Hobbs Ridgeway

      We read several books, Small One being a favorite along with The Christmas Story, old Little Golden Books version. Of course there are the numerous Nativitys and an Advent Wreath.

    • Trisha Jane

      My little girl is too young really to know the difference (15 months) but we are trying to show her as she is getting older to help others less fortunate that us.

    • Janae O’Shields

      My son is only 15 months, but I want him to understand the true spirit of Christmas is that of giving. While we do exchange gifts, and that’s all well and good, we put emphasis on Christ and family at Christmas.

    • Mandy Vaiden Tilton

      We do operation Christmas child and normally we go donate items to a women’s shelter. We also talk about the true meaning of the birth of Christ and read out of the bible the story of Christmas! My 2 1/2 year old is OBSESSED with VeggieTales, and he loves Duck dynasty too!

    • Marty Byington

      I take my son to pick out names from the Angel Tree and we get toys for those kids. We also focus most on it being Jesus birthday instead of just a time to get gifts. As he gets older we will do more to help others.

    • Allyson

      My 16 month old likes to watch Veggie Tales.

    • Deb B

      We talk about truth vs. pretend…

    • Maggie

      My three children have never believed in Santa Claus, only the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of our Savior. They receive gifts, but they know they’re from mom and dad. I’ve gotten a lot of grief over the years (most assume I’m Jehovah’s witness, not the case). It’s how I was raised and I’d do it all over again. I think it was a valuable lesson that hopefully they’ll pass on to their kids.

    • Amy

      My girls love Operation Christmas Child and have learn so much about giving and praying for others through this program. Sitting in church is hard for a 2 and 5 yr old and they can only retain a little. OCC has given them the hands-on experience that reiterates what we learn each Sunday and at home.

    • Jennifer Kuhn

      This will be my daughter’s first Christmas! And VeggieTales will most likely help me teach her all about His Word! :)

    • melsmayhem

      My kids and I play the Efl games and pretend Santa but they know it’s all in fun and that Christ’s birth is what Christmas is all about. We emphasize taking the time to give to others and especially sharing what we do have with those who have less. It hit home for all of us the year I lost my job right after Thanksgiving. We still donated what we could and made it a point of celebrating God’s gifts, not man’s.

    • Priscilla B

      we like to have a birthday party for Jesus. We also like to talk about how he was promised long before his birth, we use The Jesus Storybook Bible to help us! Love it!

    • Stacy Pierce Bundren

      We try to adopt a family. We study them and determine their interests and then everyone pitches in to get gifts that are appropriate. We also all pitch in to wrap them. We sneak to their house and leave them in a big, black Santa sack.
      The fun part is that no one knows who left the gifts.

    • Promise Jackson

      They have learned by reading the story in the bible about Jesus and taking them to church year round!

    • Mindy Dawson

      From watching veggie tale movies, reading books about it and just teaching them the real reason!

    • Luke

      We go to the children’s hospital so my kids can see and feel the strength coming from children whose health is compromised yet they don’t complain. A sense of appreciation is felt by my kids who then recognize the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Michelle

      Shoeboxes help them get into the giving mood.

    • Michelle

      We read through Matt every December.

    • April Briley

      We have taken Santa Clause out of the equation, so we only focus on Jesus. The kids try to do as Jesus would & bless others during this time of year.

    • janet

      We try to teach them about Christmas all year long!!!

    • Kisha20

      We have always taught our kids the real meaning of Christmas by telling them from the time they were old enough to understand that Jesus’ birth is why we celebrate Christmas.

    • allyg24

      we sing happy birthday to Jesus on christmas morning before any presents are opened.

    • Melissa S

      Although my daughter is only 2 we are teaching her the true meaning of Christmas by not discussing Santa and talking about the nativity and keeping gifts to a minimum.

    • Rebecca

      Having a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas day

    • Brittany

      We do Operation Christmas Child with our church to start our Christmas giving. We also attend our church’s annual Living Christmas Tree performance which always gets us in the spirit.

    • Kristin G

      Reading the Christmas story!

    • Angela D’Onne Smith

      Taught my children about the Bible using Veggie Tales and my daughter is now a Children’s Minister at her church.

    • l r

      Serving in our church for 6 yrs now, reading the bible about Christ’s birth every year. and every year donating to out local angel tree.

    • mandyward67

      I’m working on teaching them the true meaning of Christmas. I started by telling the grandparents not to buy them so many presents! They don’t need that many. And we never miss church on Christmas Eve!

    • Renita Ward Singletary

      We always read the story of Jesus birth from the Bible on Christmas morning before opening presents. We feel that not only do the children need to hear about this miraculous birth at Christmas plays and at church events but that reinforcing it at home is a great idea. It has been a tradition in our home since the birth of our first child.

    • sandra

      They have grown up knowing that Jesus is the reason we have Christmas. They have never thought it any other way. We try to find someone at Christmas to help.

    • CouponingMom4life

      We always watch Charlie Brown Christmas….we love all the Peanuts characters. Linus teaches us all the true meaning of Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

    • Becky

      We do shoe boxes every year with Samaritans Purse.

    • Kim Trombly

      By thinking of others first

    • Amy

      We try to focus on Jesus, and less so on all of the stuff that tends to go along with Christmas, to help our boys keep in mind the reason for the season.

    • Leigh Ann

      My girls love to give 3 gifts (like the three wise men) to a child in need. We read about Jesus birth, pack shoeboxes, and go Christmas caroling telling everyone the real reason for the season!

    • Macy Kennedy Payne

      We read to our children from the Bible & we have our children read to us from the Bible the story of Jesus’ wonderful birth. On Christmas my children are taught to give not to receive. We are a family of 6 so instead of me buying all the gifts for everyone we buy each other one gift each. My children love to give to others and they love to tell others about the story of baby Jesus and they love to tell the real meaning of Christmas.

    • Erin Bruner

      we are very similar to Leigh Ann’s comment! we give 3 gifts, pack shoeboxes, and my children are knowing the whole reason we celebrate!

    • Nancy

      We try to care, help, and share with others.

    • Charity K

      Every year, we pick a child from the Salvation Army Angel Tree to buy gifts for & my daughter helps pick out items for an Operation Christmas Child shoe box. We talk about giving to children who don’t have the abundance that she has & why we need to be thankful. She’s only 4, but I hope it’s something she will learn from and continue to want to do. We also read the Christmas story from the Bible & have a birthday cake (and sing) for Jesus… before opening presents.

    • jen

      We donate food to the food bank and fill boxes for operation christmas child.

    • theaikenparrs

      We fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child – and we have a Christmas Calendar that includes daily assignments for doing nice things for others.

    • Jennifer S

      I let my son pick out clothes and shoes and toys to give to other kids that don’t have as much as we do. He loves doing this and I hope that continues as he gets older.

    • Joyce

      My baby is only 4 and we do the Christmas shoe box with our church. He loves to pick out little things to go in the box. His best part is wrapping the box he wants to do it all by himself. He saids he loves giving presents. He also loves to go and give his old toys away before thanksgiving so someone else to enjoy.

    • Kimberly

      operation Christmas child, donating to church, telling them about the birth of Jesus.

    • Sara

      We love to celebrate advent as a family with a special Bible reading each day that corresponds to our advent calendar. THe kids love when it is their turn to put a piece on the manger scene!

    • Jessica

      We always bake cupcakes and sing happy birthday to Jesus!

    • super10mom

      Our family participates in Shoeboxes for pastor’s children and an orphanage in El Salvador. My husband is a pastor, and our church supports a missionary to El Salvador, so each year we help this missionary with the shoeboxes they are handing out. This year our family did 15 shoeboxes and enjoyed it so much! Our family also blesses someone in our church that the Lord lays on our heart with a monetary gift to help with Christmas. We always go as a family to give it and Christmas carol at their door. Over the years so many have blessed our large family of 12 by giving to us, and it is such a joy to do the same for others!

    • Cellison

      We do devotions daily and especially during Christmas focus on Jesus coming to this earth to save us. We talk about how He is the greatest gift of all.

    • Mindy Reynolds

      Every year my son makes sure he has a gift for every teacher, assistant, and faculty member that works with his grade level. Even if it is a just small trinket- it gives him true meaning of the meaning of Christmas.

    • aghormley

      Our family observes Advent through daily devotions and a calendar count down to the day of Jesus’ birth. We always read the Christmas story before opening presents so as to not forget the true reason for the holiday. And watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and Veggie Tales Christmas shows certainly help remind us in a fun way!

    • Cynthia Dietrich

      We sponsor a child in Uganda. It is so humbling to get his thank you notes from what he will buy with the money we give him. One year he bought a pig for his family. It makes you realize how blessed we are.

    • Summer Chesshir

      They have learned the real meaning of Christmas by making special baked treats, drawing pictures, and presents and giving them to those who are less fortunate.

    • tammy

      My kids are still very young, but this year we started a tradition of them going & picking out items to pack in a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

    • cassie

      We read the christmas story with our children every year before we open any presents and we reflect on the real meaning of Christmas .

    • Emily

      In my family we always dedicate Christmas Eve to attending a church service and reflecting on Jesus birth

    • Rebecca

      By sharing the Bible and our lives daily, not just at Christmas time. Our children know that Jesus was born to die for our sins.

    • Joseph Smiley Boyd

      We try to celebrate our families lives everyday, not only at Christmas.

    • Tiffany

      From birth we have taught our children the real meaning of the season….Jesus! We don’t focus on getting gifts, but giving them. Whether it’s our time, baked goods or something of material value. But my kiddos truly believe it’s better to give than receive! It’s awesome :)

    • Sheena

      One of our kids favorite Christmas movies is Little Drummer Boy. From there we always sing hyms and have the nativity set and share the first Christmas story. Each of my children have their own nativity set one of which is the Veggie Tale set with Laura Carrot singing “O’little town of Bethlehem”.

    • Alex

      our family watches a lot of veggie tales! We have some videos, but also record them on our DVR. My son loves watching them over and over again. (Funny story, my son came home from Sunday school and told us that they had talked about how and where Jesus was born. He went on to tell me and got stuck on who visited Jesus in the manager. He finally said, “I know, it was the cucumber!” LOL) Every year we have a manger scene and make sure to talk about it with our son. We also have a live nativity in town that we always attend. Another way that we have instilled the true meaning of Christmas is by giving to others. My family “adopts” a family, child or organization to give to each year. We have the children help us pick out the presents and needs of the child/family and then also help us wrap the gifts up and deliver them.

    • Tamara

      My children learned the true meaning of Christmas in Church early in life. But discovered the true meaning of Christmas one Christmas when we were handing out food and gift to Families that really need the help. After delivering was over that night I had 3 children with happy smiling faces. Asking why they were all so happy, as I figured they’d be fussy and ready for bed.The answerer veried but were much the same. Now I must know how Jesus feels. How happy he makes people when he helps them by giving. It just feels good Momma. And with a lump in my throat I answered Yes! You just learned its better to give than to received. But is that all Jesus did? No, Momma the oldest replied he gave all! And the other two replied for us all! I gave me a lot of pride to hear children that young . Learn a lesson some adult have yet to learn. That just my experience Thank you.

    • Nancy

      MY CHILD HAS LEARNED THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS BY SHARING AND GIVING TO OTHERS. WE ENJOY GIVING GIFTS TO COMPLETE STRANGERS …. LIKE HOMEMADE PEANUT BRITTLE TO THE GUYS THAT SELL THE SUNDAY PAPERS … OR LEAVING RANDOM GIFT CARDS ON CARS. THE FEELINGS WE GET GIVING ARE WAY BETTER THAN ANY WRAPPED GIFT! ”

    • Landen1206

      To celebrate and show the real meaning of Christmas, we make a lot of our gifts that we give family members so that love goes into the gift and the gift gives each year and it is a way to enjoy giving instead of just getting. It also allows my daughter to look back at the craft or gift she gave last year and tell a story of how she made it. Christmas is all about spending time with family,friends, making memories to last a lifetime, and remembering the real meaning of Christmas – the story of Jesus and His journey!

    • Caanan

      Awww, this would be a great first DVD for our little one.

    • Tootie Coupon

      My boys know that it’s Jesus’ birthday & we celebrate him first!

    • Amy Smith-White

      My family celebrates Christmas as the gift of hope of eternal life. Without Jesus birth, life and death for our sins, we would not have the promise of eternal life free from suffering. My son, Timothy (5 years old) has Muchopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II) more commonly called Hunter Syndrome. This is a regressive terminal disease. Timmy will develop typically until he reaches a point (usually from 2 – 6 years old) where he will regress to the point of death. Because we live without knowing whether today or tomorrow will be our last, we celebrate every day (especially Christmas) knowing that even though Timmy suffers here on earth, he will one day be perfectly whole and healed. Timmy’s sister, Clara, is learning to appreciate this hope and joy. She is kind and patient with Timmy even though she is younger (she is 3). She understands that hope in Christ – beginning with his birth at Christmas – is the best way to find peace in the midst of our, often, crazy home.

    • rrst

      My daughter picks out items from Samaritan’s Purse Christmas catalog as our gift to her. She is given a set dollar amount and painstakingly figures out exactly how much to give to each project she chooses. The card is placed under the tree. On Christmas she opens the card & sees all the things she has given to others in Jesus’ name.

    • Stephanie Kirk Rogers

      We have just begun truly teaching our 7 year old son about Jesus. We were a little lost for awhile. Trying to adjust to schedules and the other typical excuses. He began coming home asking us questions and repeating what other kids have said. So, we began going back to church. I thought that if he wanted to learn, I wanted him to learn from people who new more than I. Though, we have always made sure that he new Christmas was about Jesus and Santa was about the joy of giving. He has a new appreciation of the gift that God has given us and not what he receives toys and other presents.

    • Amanda G

      My daughter is only 2, but she knows Jesus and definitely the nativity scene has helped. I want my daughter to know Christmas is all about Jesus’ birthday and giving and sharing with others.

    • Jenny Stone

      My baby is 3 & has been saying the last few days that all great & perfect things come from above- God brought Jesus & me here.

    • sciencemomhnh

      Each year my children each put together a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. Also, I have tried my best to teach them to think more about what they plan to give others, and not what they want for Christmas.

    • Sonja Renee’ Ahuja

      My son lost two of his close relatives in the past two holiday seasons. When we talk about them, we discuss how we have to treat each day as a special day and how Christmas is a day to share our love and joy with others. We work to make good memories and share the gift of love, just as Christ did for us!

    • Jennifer G.

      We celebrate Advent for the weeks leading up to Christmas, focusing on Love, Joy, Hope, and Peace of Christ.

    • Michelle

      My children are taught that Christmas is really a big BIRTHDAY PARTY celebrating baby Jesus. We give one gift to each other as a way of telling Jesus, “thank you for providing for us so well that we have extra to share our love with our family”. The kids really enjoy their ONE gift, and have come to appreciate deeply the value of small things!

    • megan

      sunday school is a great help in teaching the really young ones!

    • Ashley

      Every year a local church reenacts the birth of Christ. They create a small scale Bethelham complete with townspeople, animals, traditional occupations, and also fresh baked unleavened brick oven cooked bread. You are able to walk the streets and interact with the Biblical actors, it is truly one of the most awesome ways I know to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Emily LaBranche Delikat

      Our daughter loves going to church, and we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by focusing on Advent and the story of Christ’s birth.

    • Meredith L.

      My kids love the advent traditions leading up to Christmas Day as much as opening gifts on Christmas. They love reading parts of the Christmas story every day, packing Operation Christmas child boxes, and giving to others. And this year we are having a blast singing along with the Duck Dynasty Christmas CD!

    • Jessica Dugger

      This will be our baby’s first Christmas. I try to teach both boys the true importance of Christmas and family rather than the commercialization of the season.

    • DeeDee Lloyd

      I love that people still want to tell the true meaning of Christmas. Happy, Happy, Happy!

    • Melissa

      My son is 3. We talk about Christmas being Jesus’ Birthday and we talk about baby Jesus… he has a baby cousin and he’s very sensitive towards babies so that is a good way he can relate.

    • katnurse65

      Hoping this giveaway will help my granddaughter learn Christmas is more than just Santa and gifts.

    • Hawke

      We teach our kids who saint nick was and what he did in the name of God. We stress the importance of the day being about Jesus and what he did for everyone.

    • erinisgett

      We have a Fisher Price Little People Nativity set that the kids get to play with, and we use it to share the story of Christmas. We also find ways each year to serve others and remind the kids that when we serve others, we are honoring God.

    • Lisa

      We tell them the story of how Christmas began. We also go through Christmas through the ages and the different ways that other culture have and do celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, etc. Up until this year, we chose from the angel tree children to get gifts for. This year, after 8 months of unemployment, we are going to be evicted and will have roof, unless a miracle happens, for Thanksgiving. Our eldest, she is 5, understands that we can’t this year and understands our limitations…as much as a 5 year old can. Sadly, our trials, will teach them the true meaning if Christmas this year.

    • Mari Hochstetler

      Through the story of Jesus’ birth in story books

    • brandi hawn

      we go to church every year on christmas day and every year, we read the christmas story from the bible together as a family :)

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    • Crystal Girton

      While we have talked to our kids about the meaning of Christmas, they have learned the most from the Veggie Tales true story of St. Nick LOL! Our oldest is 4 this year so this will be the first year we try Ann Voskamp’s Jesse tree Advent devotional for families.

    • Chrissy

      We read the Christmas story to them every Christmas Eve and also make sure we explain to them the whole Christmas season what the true meaning of Christmas really is!

    • Terri

      My kids have learned the true meaning of Christmas by living it. Each year we choose angels off of the angel tree, to buy presents for families that can’t afford them. We also donate a Christmas dinner to the family, and talk about how giving to others and helping the less fortunate is more important than what we can get. We also make a birthday cake and take it to church to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas morning. We spend the 40 days before Christmas (Advent) preparing our hearts and minds for the arrival of the Savior, not Santa Clause.

    • Missy

      We have always taught out children that Jesus is the reason for the season! The example of others serving as well as their own experiences of serving and helping others, especially during this time of year, teaches them of the life Jesus lived, and what the true meaning of Christmas is!

    • Mari

      We read (from the Bible) and act out the story of the Nativity on Christmas Eve.

    • My2cents

      My 2 & 3 year old have ‘cleaned out’ the you box to ‘give like Jesus’. They know some children don’t receive gifts and want to give like our Redeemer. :)

    • Jessie

      Both of my boys know the true meaning of Christmas is Jesus’s birth and that is what we celebrate. They are still young, but I hope to help them learn that giving gifts is so much better than receiving them.

    • Kristin

      My kids know that “Jesus is the reason for the season!” They’ve heard the Christmas story read from Scripture every year.

    • Joy Barlow

      My 3 year old learned about Operation Christmas (shoeboxes through Samatarians Purse). We discussed a lot of children in different countries don’t have the basic necessities or toys. She was very eager to “help” pack the shoebox.

    • Keri

      My son is only 10 months old so this will be his first Christmas! We’re going to teach him the Christ in Christmas as he gets older! =) Start out with books!

    • Katie Rayburn

      My almost 3 year old loves it when we’re out at night and she can see the stars. She proudly tells me that God made the stars and she talks about the Christmas star :)

    • Cindy m

      My girls write a Christmas play to present with their cousins based on the scripture in Luke.

    • Tarah

      We give to a different charity every year, but my oldest son’s favorite was when we adopted an orphan and bought all their Christmas gifts.

    • Cynthia

      My sister and I and our kids always help kids who will not get Christmas. We have enjoyed doing this the last 3 years. Our kids have really been changed by it.

    • JenniferW

      I have four girls. We have showed them to serve others, and to show the love of Jesus, to all. God gave us his precious son as our eternal gift. Now we must go share the good news. Children can be our best example they have such sweet hearts.

    • Becky

      We have three girls who will be learning the reason for the season this year more than ever because I have quit my job to become a full-time stay at home mom and we will be focusing on the simple things this year as well as be able to get back to church with my job not in the way. Truly blessed.

    • Becky

      By reading the story of Christmas and not playing into all the presents and wish lists!

    • katieberger01

      Well, my oldest son accepted Jesus as his Savior this past summer, so really it’s because of the Bible he knows why we celebrate Christmas!

    • Leah Brislin

      We encourage giving instead of wish lists during the Christmas season.

    • Heidi

      Each year our family has a “RACKed” (Random Acts of Kindness Day) day. As a family, we go around town and deliver balloons, candy canes, matchbox cars, books, etc to random kids. We visit hospitals, fire stations, nursing homes, etc. to give them special notes, cookies, and gifts. We relate this day to Christmas to our kids by telling them that we have been given a gift we don’t deserve (Jesus Christ) and that we want to give to others as Jesus gave to others.

    • Krystal Wade Ortega

      My 4 year old twins decided they wanted to give away some of their toys to others who may not have any. They told us they didn’t need a lot this year because they had each other!

    • Tracey

      We are using the Jesse Tree advent calendar

    • Becky

      Giving Christmas angel gifts!

    • Abby Tippens

      We throw Jesus a birthday party complete with cake! And we are also starting an advent calendar this year with scripture and daily activities leading up to Christmas day.

    • Katrina

      By watching Veggie Tales!

    • rb

      we make cookies then take a day going to visit the elderly and those that it is harder for them to get out and around sharing cookies and have the kids sing a few songs and visit with them.

    • Sandy J.

      By giving and serving others all year long!

    • Brandi

      Each of the kids pick a kid that is in DFACS and shop for them. We limit the gifts from Santa to 3 gifts – just like the Wise Men.

    • barbie1032

      giving to others

    • Lisa Johnson

      When my boys were 5&7 we decided to take them to a soup kitchen 2 days before Christmas and a Homeless Shelter to make them realize & understand how very BLESSED we were! They got the message and each one gave 2 of their xmas presents to children at the shelter. Now my boys are grown with children of there own and they volunteer weekly and always on Christmas Eve & around Thanksgiving and passing it on to my Grandchildren. It’s Truly Amazing how Infectious Giving is, and how Wonderful it makes the whole family feel. It’s better than any gift I could imagine!

    • Deb Grady Koprowski

      I have a special needs child and he has recently discovered Veggie Tales…helps to reinforce what we try to teach him about the true meaning of everything.

    • brandi

      through reading the REAL Christmas story all month long and we also have been participating in blessing bags each year.

    • Sandra

      All through the month of December we read different picture books that tell the story of Christ’s birth, and then we read the account in the Bible on Christmas Eve.

    • Jada

      Watching Veggie Tales! We loved the story of St Nick!

    • Lacy

      We do the birthday cake and all. We celebrate the birth of Jesus! We help our son understand Jesus gave us the ultimate gift!!

    • mary

      we love veggie tales and the lessons they teach us. we packed shoeboxes for operation Christmas child so a child in need will receive a gift of love and hope they will learn that Christ is the meaning of Christmas.

    • Danny Hendrix

      we have a box that hangs on our tree, and in it is a surprise picture or note about someone the family has helped this year!

    • Jaylene

      We have the Veggie Tales nativity set, and my daughter plays with it year-round!

    • katie

      Reading the story from the Bible and making all of our traditions point to Christ in one way or another.

    • jennifer Long

      My dd has been a huge Veggietales fan since she was a toddler. She is 14 and still loves them. She would be thrilled to win this movie especially signed by Si. Merry Christmas!

    • Tersea Mason

      We have a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. We also tell the Bible version Christmas story in some form to teach our grandchildren who this day is always about. I love how they are learning and are growing in the love of God.

    • Christy Weigley Anderson

      Every year we have 1-2 Salvation Army angel kids that we buy gifts for. My kids really enjoy buy gifts to help out these families!

    • Robin

      We pack shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse, and we try to donate to a family that is on the “Angel Tree.” We let our girls help with that. Our children’s minister does an excellent job of making sure our kids know that the little baby Jesus in the manger is the same man who grows up to die on the cross and rise on the third day to bring salvation to those who ask to receive the ultimate GIFT!

    • Robin

      We pack shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse, and we try to donate to a family that is on the “Angel Tree.” We let our girls help with that. Our children’s minister does an excellent job of making sure our kids know that the little baby Jesus in the manger is the same man who grows up to die on the cross and rise on the third day to bring salvation to those who ask to receive the ultimate GIFT!

    • Sara

      We celebrate by packing Operation Christmas Child boxes that the kids have shopped for and packed. We also celebrate by making a bday cake for Jesus that we celebrate with on Christmas Day.

    • Sara

      We celebrate by packing Operation Christmas Child boxes that the kids have shopped for and packed. We also celebrate by making a bday cake for Jesus that we celebrate with on Christmas Day.

    • Jessica

      My little one is just 3, but we read many Christmas books that are based on the Biblical story of Jesus. We pack Operation Christmas Child boxes. We have a Happy Birthday Jesus party. And last year we made a gingerbread nativity!! It’s not all about Santa that’s for sure!

    • zspreston

      My kids and I have had several family members stay with us over this year in tough times. My kids have learned that we give to others generously because Christ has given so much sacrificially for us. That is not just our Christmas lesson, but our life lesson.

    • Rachel

      We’re trying to teach our 3-year-old that it’s better to give than to receive. Last year we sent Operation Christmas Child boxes, and we gave presents to children whose Dad had lost his job. This year our little boy picked a child to buy a gift for from our church’s Angel Tree, and my MOPS group is adopting a family. From Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Merry Christmas, everyone!!

    • M&N2012

      We read the “Christmas Story” and just keep CHRIST as the center of Christmas….the way things should be. We want our kids to know Christmas isn’t just about getting gifts.

    • Leslie Kinsaul Greer

      My child lives to go shopping for the children she picks from our tree of bears at church. Also, Santa leaves only 3 gifts for her as Jesus received 3 gifts at his birth

    • Lisa

      This is such a fun giveaway! My kids learn the meaning of Christmas throughout the year as we talk about an Christ, His birth, His death and, His resurection. During Christmas season we do activities and a Jesse tree.

    • Lisa

      This is such a fun giveaway! My kids learn the meaning of Christmas throughout the year as we talk about an Christ, His birth, His death and, His resurection. During Christmas season we do activities and a Jesse tree.

    • Jennifer

      We’re trying to teach her to share and give…but she’s not even 2 yet…so we have a long ways to go!

    • Jennifer

      We’re trying to teach her to share and give…but she’s not even 2 yet…so we have a long ways to go!

    • SVITLANA

      We told them about real St. Nickolas.

    • KaraFos

      By reading to my daughter every night

    • Amber

      This is my sons first Christmas. I cant wait til he is old enough o learn the true meaning of christmas and make so many memories together.

    • Ruth Peters Wilson

      Yesterday my son was answering a question about why he loved Christmas. He said it was because of the presents and because Jesus was the best gift of all.

    • hjoplin

      I have not yet as he is 1 1/2, but plan to start packing operation christmas child shoeboxes.

    • Amber

      Our kids are still little, but we give them each 3 gifts with significance corresponding to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

    • Melissa

      I don’t have children, but I love the idea of having a cake and singing happy birthday to Jesus.

    • sierra

      We give to the food banks and shoeboxes. On Christmas day we have a birthday party for Jesus. Cake, decorations, the whole nine yards.

    • Marcia

      Visiting nursing home residents.

    • wendyof

      We set up our nativity together

    • Renee

      Our 4 children pass out gospel literature to as many shoppers as
      Possible. Christmas is not about toys, but about our Savior Jesus Christ. They know that Jesus is our greatest gift let us share it with others.

    • Amber

      This will be my babies 2nd Christmas and she will be just over a year old! Obviously, she is not old enough to know what Christmas is BUT, it’s never too early to begin teaching her!
      We will read about Baby Jesus being born and talk about the Nativity scene to her! We would also love to start traditions with her. One of which is watching Christmas Veggie Tales!
      I worked in childcare at church during my college years and absolutely Love all the Veggie Tales characters! I’m so grateful my daughter gets to grow up watching these quality shows!!

    • Stu Ponts

      As a family, we give away toiletries and food from our stock pile to families in need, the local homeless assistance shelter, and folks we see on the streets.

    • Shannon

      We don’t celebrate Santa Clause, but give gifts because Jesus is our gift.

    • Carmen

      My grandson is 2 yrs old, and he loves Veggie Tales! This would be awesome to take to him at Christmas when his baby brother is to be born!!! When my children were small we had them donate one of their “slightly” used toys to the toy round-up in our community for less fortunate children, before they received their new toys at Christmas! Jesus is the reason for the season!

    • michele

      Oh the joy of a gift. A gift given that is unexpected or undeserved brings the most joy. You feel loved by the giver and such a sweet shower of thankfulness overflows within. Our family has four children that the Giver has allowed to complete our little unit. There are five more in heaven awaiting our reunion. We think especially of Grandpa during Christmas and his quirky way of making each Christmas special. He would show his “inner child” by playing games with the little ones when he was here. We all recall the joy he added to that day but also remembered to point to the Son that was given as the ultimate “gift” to us.

    • Hannah

      I have a toddler so he’s just beginning to understand about Christmas this year but he loves Bob and Larry!!

    • rlpugh42

      I had the sweetest discussion with my 5 year old about Christmas the other day. SHE asked me what is my favorite part of Christmas. I told her I loved celebrating Jesus’s birthday, and that opened a great dialogue. At this age she knows the stories and is just starting to get it. We watch Veggie Tales a lot and this one is on the list.

    • Krista Kerns

      I have a 2 1/2 year old who’s slowly learning about all the wonderful joys of Christmas. We recently have been watching Veggie Tales It’s A Meaningful Life and Saint Nicholas so that he can begin to understand that Jesus is the reason for the season. He’s so cute when asking questions and keeps telling us baby Jesus and Santa are coming soon.

    • Sherri

      We pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child together and talk about how other children don’t have what they do and how lucky and blessed they are.

    • Andrea Watts

      Reading the story of Jesus birth every year

    • Sue O

      We make sure the focus is on the true meaning of Christmas by encorporating lots of scriptures throughout the season.

    • Linda

      Learning the true meaning of Jesus birth mainly through Sunday school.

    • Tami Schrand

      We have a birthday party for Jesus every year, and we discuss that the reason we give gifts to each other is that God gave His perfect gift to us on Christmas day. This year we are doing 25 days of service leading up to Christmas.

    • nikki2076

      My daughter has learned the true meaning of Christmas not only because we tell thw story, but we make Jesus a cake and sing him Happy Birthday!

    • pollard1184

      Our boys are still pretty young but try to teach them Christmas is a time to give and not just to receive. We make a point to give to our kids in need so they can see the importance of giving to others first.

    • Sanran

      My children have learned the true meaning of Christmas, by learning John 3:16. That one verse is the best for teaching everyone, not just children, of the greatest gift of all, Jesus…the love of God made manifest!!! Plus, my in-home daycare children are taught the same as my children, but with an added lesson. We do shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child….they love to give the gift of love to others besides themselves!!!

    • jennifer

      We have told our son what the real meaning of Christmas is, and all the ladies that do our children’s sermon at Bells do an awesome job of tell them that the real meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus.

    • LouisvilleShopper

      For Christmas every year we bake a cake to celebrate the Birthday of Jesus! That way my children are reminded of what day it REALLY is. We put some candles on and they get to blow them out, after which we have a great discussion about Jesus. We interact about how/why Jesus was born, what He did while on Earth, what He does for us today, etc. We talk about Jesus in our household nearly every day, but Christmas is HIS day!

    • LouisvilleShopper

      For Christmas every year we bake a cake to celebrate the Birthday of Jesus! That way my children are reminded of what day it REALLY is. We put some candles on and they get to blow them out, after which we have a great discussion about Jesus. We interact about how/why Jesus was born, what He did while on Earth, what He does for us today, etc. We talk about Jesus in our household nearly every day, but Christmas is HIS day!

    • dpjthomas3

      My grandchildren are taught the Bible all year and at Christmas Christ is taught with ornaments and the reading of the Christmas story as well as doing for others.

    • dpjthomas3

      My grandchildren are taught the Bible all year and at Christmas Christ is taught with ornaments and the reading of the Christmas story as well as doing for others.

    • Carrie Crocker

      My son has learned the true meaning of Christmas, by my husband and I raising him to be a man of God. Its not only taught during the holidays, but all year. It is so important to raise our children to be close to HIS heart!

    • Prdmmy3

      I’ve always taught my children what Christmas is really about. But 10 yrs go when my husband and I came to know Jesus and have a personal relationship with him, it became even more important to make it more about Him than anything. We knew our children understood the true meaning of Christmas some years ago when Chritmas fell on a Sunday. Thy woke up early and grandma and grandpa came over to watch them open gifts, but instead they all chose to hurry and get ready to go to church and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. They were 8, 6 and 2. My in- laws still talk about it to this day, 7 years later. Such a true testimony to the real meaning of Christmas!!!

    • Laren Erasmus

      Hi Jenny! This is my sons second Christmas and I’m truly in love with how well he responses and how interested he is to everything we are teaching him at such a young age. The true meaning of Christmas in our family is about giving out and seeing the happiness that one can achieve by doing so. NOT about being selfish and receiving gifts. It’s a day were Jesus had come to us and we need to remember him and his birth. Going through the “25 Days of Christmas” singing songs, reading books, watching all of the original and new Christmas movies, a time for family to be together and for new traditions to start. Instead of a large tree this year I bought a Charlie Brown’s Tree. I bought it because to me it’s more about the little things; Family, Jesus Christ, and the happiness everyone brings to each other, even if it’s just a helping hand (: Other then large big expensive things. While putting it together my son was helping me while I told him what the tree means and why there was only one bulb. We actually watching Charlie’s Brown Christmas on Netflix too! I love everything about Christmas and love to share my love and blessings to everyone this Christmas and New Years. – Thanks again Jenny for everything you do. Your love for coupons and sharing all of your incite is truly wonderful and a blessing to my family!
      -Laren E.

      Haha I just noticed “Si” is in the movie….My sons name is Silas, just another cool thing to share with him this Christmas (:

    • juliagoldieday

      My children have learned the true meaning of Christmas through our service oriented Ministry to Children at our church. We don’t focus on giving the kids a bunch of junk and making it about them… instead they make gingerbread houses for elderly shut ins and as well as visiting them and singing Christmas Carols. The children bring so much joy to others at Christmas time and they learn what the true meaning of Christmas is through these activities: God sent Jesus for all people!

    • Cathy

      My 7 year old is very knowledgeable in the ways of the Lord. She is currently teaching a neighborhood child the story of Jesus:) In addition, she loves duck dynasty. We live in Anna, TX and she was so positive she saw uncle Si at a stop light the other day she had me call her daddy so she could tell him:)

    • Deborah

      We do not “do” Santa. We celebrate the true meaning of Christmas each year and practice giving to others.

    • Bonnie

      My Children attend Christian schools and every year they do the Christmas Shoebox gifts for children less fortunate than them. I take them to the dollar store and they also go thru all their toys to give to other children. They know the meaning of giving to others and the real reason why we are celebrating The Lord’s birth.

    • Candace M

      Christmas is not just to get presents for ourselves but to celebrate Jesus 365 days a year.

    • dforlaw

      My kids are learning the true meaning of Christmas through school, church and acts of service. Jesus is the reason for the season!

    • Michelle

      We have a 2 1/2 year old. This is the year we are teaching him about what Christmas really means. Last night we started reading his Bible in Luke chapter 2. His ears perked up when we were reading about baby Jesus being born and the shepherds. He will be a shepherd in our church Christmas play. So that got his attention.

    • Tamara

      My kids see the joy of Jesus in christmas throuhgout the year by all the ways we give and do for others. The greatest gift is giving of yourself and reaching others.

    • LaKeisha

      My kids have learned the true meaning of Christmas through church and me telling them about Jesus’s birth.

    • My little girl has learned the true meaning of church mostly through our church!

    • Stephanie Crooks

      Our little one is only 2, but we this year it should be fun trying to teach her the meaning of Christmas by our actions. We have some children bible stories to help us along as well!

    • Ashley

      My little girl is 2 and she has learned about the meaning of Christmas through watching our actions. We read about the birth of Jesus every year before we open gifts.

    • Ashley

      My little girl is 2 and she has learned about the meaning of Christmas through watching our actions. We read about the birth of Jesus every year before we open gifts.

    • leslie7635

      My boys are 2 and 1. I plan on teaching them about the true meaning of Christmas by using the Navitiy scene figures (Fisher Price) and reading them the birth of Jesus from the Bible.

    • leslie7635

      My boys are 2 and 1. I plan on teaching them about the true meaning of Christmas by using the Navitiy scene figures (Fisher Price) and reading them the birth of Jesus from the Bible.

    • Kristi

      Our children ages 11 and 5 have learned and are learning the true meaning of Christmas through church, Sunday school, school work, and family devotions.

    • paularowell

      That Christmas is about sharing the love of Christ not receiving gifts.

    • Megan

      We just purchased a plastic Little People Nativity set with the deal you posted, and we’ve hoped to be able to afford one this year- it is a terrific way for little hands to experience the story of Jesus’ birth!

    • Rachel

      Our kids love role-playing the CHristmas story, its gets them involved and helps them understand what happened with a great opportunity to talk about why it happened :)

    • Rachel

      Our kids love role-playing the CHristmas story, its gets them involved and helps them understand what happened with a great opportunity to talk about why it happened :)

    • blessed mom

      Having an 8 month old sister, my 13 year old has learned the meaning of sacrifice and giving. She has learned more about giving of herself, her time and energy for others instead of herself. This has happened at church, home and even at school by having to do community service. I hope she learns even more every day by my actions!!!

    • anna2668

      We have a happy birthday Jesus party with all the kids at my great grandmother’s house and one of the older kids reads the story of Jesus birth.

    • Amie

      My three year old not only understands that Santa is coming, but, we decorate the church every year and he loves to sing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus as we are decorating the tree! He already understands that it isn’t only about Santa coming! Would love to have the new edition of Veggie Tales to add to our collection!!!
      Thanks!

    • Amy K

      I have been blessed with a “late in life” baby. At age 40 I had my now 16 month old. My older three teenagers have learned the True meaning of Christmas from family and church. One example is that every Christmas Day, their Granddaddy reads the Christmas Story to all the grandchildren. This year there will be 29 grandchildren. It is humbling to watch as this Godly man with Bible in lap teaches these children. Makes you think “Now this is what it is all about!” I’m excited that my three older children will have a part in my Baby Mac learning about the birth of our Savior. And they would also enjoy watching Si and the Veggie Tale gang and adding this to our Veggie Tale collection.

    • Bethany

      My kids have learned the true meaning of Christmas! :)

    • Aimee P

      Since my kids were infants we have always baked a birthday cake for Jesus and then on Christmas day after all of the “Santa” exchange with the family we have a birthday party for Jesus. The kids love making decorations for Jesus’ birthday party. Also, when my son was an infant he cried a lot due to colic. The only thing that would calm him down at 2 months old was the voices of Bob and Larry singing the Veggie Tale theme song. At 5 months we made a road trip to visit family 2 1/2 hours away and had to sing the veggie tale songs the whole way. It made for a long drive…. That child is now one of the biggest Duck Dynasty fans as well! We love our Veggies!!!

    • Erin Serkedakis

      I have a 10 month old son celebrating his first Christmas. My husband and I are going to teach him about the true meaning of Christmas by reading the birth of Jesus to him and using our nativity to demonstrate. We also are going to make a point to help someone or our community in need to show him how important it is to be selfless, humble, and thankful for what we have.

    • noel

      We took our 8 year old son to Christ in the Smokies in Gatlinburg last week. (It used to be called Christus Gardens) It’s a great way to show Jesus’ life. I think we’ll make this a tradition. Also, it’s less than $4.00 per person if you live in Sevier County! :)

    • Judy

      My kids are grown but we have 6 grandkids. They are learning the meaning of Christmas by celebrating Jesus’ birthday with a cake they help make. They also help pick out things for the shoe boxes to pack for Operation Christmas Child. They also have a toy nativity set they play with to learn the story of His birth.

    • Tami Haymond

      The little people nativity set has helped my kids stay tuned in as we read from Luke on Christmas Eve.

    • christy

      by reading the Christmas story in the bible.

    • Wendy Rozema

      they’ve learned to give to others

    • Kendra

      I don’t think he’s old enough to understand, yet, but we talk to him about Jesus and I look forward to helping him understand!

    • alisha

      I have taught my girls that the season is all about giving and not receiving. The Father gave His Son as a gift to us and without Christ there would be no Christmas. I have taught them to give as the Father gave to us. My girls select a child from the Salvation Angel Tree and buy items from the wish list. The girls also participate in donating canned goods and spare change to help buy gifts for the less fortunate children in their school. Since their Papa passed this year, they will continue his tradition of donating to Toys for Tots.

    • April

      Giving to others who are in need and thinking about others needs as well as yours own.

    • Rebecca Dunlop

      My baby is 9 months old and he’s watched the Veggie Tales Saint Nicholas DVD a couple of times and absolutely loves it. He’s little but we are determined to start engraving the true meaning of the holidays at a young age. Also, a tradition we have started is to read the Christmas Story book to him too. Jacob would absolutely love this new DVD and it’s something that he could watch this year and for years to come.

    • Denise Ard Ellis

      My children have been raised in a Christ-centered home, so have always known the real meaning of Christmas. Veggie Tales have been a wonderful way to bring Christ-centered entertainment. We can’t wait to see Silas starring in this one. I know it will quickly become a favorite.

    • Sara S

      By giving gifts to people.

    • Beth

      My children learned the true meaning of Christmas at home, in church and in Christian school. We enjoy celebrating the birth of Christ with our family and friends.

    • Jill

      We love the book and gift boxes that go with “What God Wants for Christmas.”

    • Winnie130

      We always celebrate Christ’s birth by having a birthday party for Jesus.

    • Genia Danford Jefferson

      Each year we celebrate Jesus’ birthday with a birthday cake, singing and blowing out the candle. He’s the true meaning of Christmas!!!

    • carmen

      We do not have kids yet but are expecting one right around christmas! me and my brother were greatly influenced by veggie tales and learned a lot by them and I intend to keep the tradition going with my children!

    • Ev

      My 3 y/o daughter loves telling people about Christmas. She thinks of it as the biggest and longest birthday party for Jesus. Seeing the Christmas decorations already being displayed and gets excited about His birthday. Jesus loves us!

      • Kirbi Thomas

        Your other comment hasn’t become active on my comment but I wanted to reply to you: Thank you so much. Yes I think the biggest thing is for me just to begin. I have to decide on a store and drugstore I plan to master and be ok with that. Right now its just my husband and I but I want to get this down before I have kids so I can get free diapers lol I’m going to collect 2 papers as well and start with something small at cvs

    • sarah s

      I have 3 children but recently my oldest (6 1/2) decided to sign up in our church for stop hunger now! He helped package and count 10,127 meals! It was a wonderful lesson and i know now that he understand what we mean when we tell him some people literally have nothing to eat but that package a day! He was helping to show God’s love and send God’s love in the package. I think he has learned a lot about showing Christ’s love! My oldest also picks things he knows that he wants for Christmas and packs them in his operation Christmas Child shoe box! he makes my heart smile and is learning wonderful way at a young age! :)

    • Milian O

      My children have learned the true meaning of Christmas by our bible stories and plays on the birth of Jesus.

    • Angie B

      Story after story after story

    • Debbie

      Bible stories and volunteering has helped my son and grandson know the true meaning of Christmas!

    • kelly woods

      discussion is at the top of the list- we love to discuss Jesus ad His birth.

    • Jennifer

      Well, she’s only 2…so mostly through songs and Bible stories, I’d say :) …but then, I think she’s still too young to understand.

    • Gina

      My son is disabled so he doesn’t understand Christmas any differently than any other day. He’s just as happy Christmas day as any other day!

    • NeeNah

      Our oldest son asks questions about Christmas, he learns about he real meaning from us reading about it, and from the Christmas play at church.

    • bcasalou

      My children grew up in the church and went to AWANA each week. Learning God’s word through his word is amazing! Children can learn can recite verses so much easier than adults! I wish I had AWANA when I was a child!

    • Shala

      My little girl is only 7 months but we plan on teaching the real meaning of Christmas along with giving to others.

    • mommaof3

      My 6 year old donated all her older toys to a local charity on her own because she said she wanted kids to have a good Christmas like she does.

    • Talitha

      My children have learned the true meaning of Christmas because I make gifts the secondary to the fact that this is the greatest birthday ever! The birth of Jesus. We sing happy birthday to Jesus and blow out candles for him. No greater gift could I ever give them than Jesus and what He gave for us all.

    • Kristian W

      To remember the true meaning of Christmas, each person in our family receives three gifts and we bake a birthday cake for Jesus. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    • amanda

      one of the best kids ive been able to show my young children the true meaning of christmas is participating in operation christmas child they get to “give” but also we talk about how the reason we are giving gifts is because jesus is the real gift and we pray they recieve salvation !!!

    • Lisa

      Each year I try to do something with my kids that shows them the true meaning of Christmas. One year we took a ton of the “freebies” off of my shelf, packed them in boxes, and delivered them to a service that sends them to active military overseas. Every year we fill shoeboxes for OCC, and once we organized a collection event for OCC at church. This year we donated food to the needy. We also have a tradition on Christmas Eve where the kids gather around my mom and she reads the story of Jesus’s birth and explains to them what Christmas is really about.

    • Lydia

      We wanted our child to enjoy the excitement of Santa, but know he’s not the reason we celebrate Christmas. So, early on we would tell him that Santa celebrates Jesus’ birthday by sharing gifts with the world just as Jesus was the BEST gift our world has ever received. We also make sure in the hustle and bustle of the season he watches plenty of religious Christmas movies as he does non-religious. As a family we make sure we always attend our church’s Christmas Eve vesper service which really brings the message to our hearts. Thank you for an opportunity to continue sharing.

    • Rachel

      Our kids love the Sunday before Christmas cause that is the time that our church gives gifts to the children that ride our buses. The gifts are donated by the church members and given this day. It is so nice to put a smile on a child’s face who may otherwise not have gotten one gift this year. Our children love to see the children so happy and thankful for what they received and it makes our children glad in knowing that they were able to be a part of putting a smile on a child’s face.

    • kendrabrown

      We play Christmas Ninja and secretly deliver a meal to a family in need.

    • apriltrent313

      When my daughter was a toddler, she decided we needed a birthday cake, candles, and to sing happy birthday to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. It made perfect sense to her since every birthday in her experience had cake. So each year we bake a cake and sing happy birthday, and remember what the holiday is really about.

    • Sarah

      I have tried to teach my son the true meaning of Christmas by always reading about the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day before we open any presents. We also go through all of my son’s toys and get ones that are still in good condition that he doesn’t want any more or play with and give them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. We usually end up adopting a family at Christmas and donate a new toy to Toys -for-Tots.

    • Jenny

      We make a birthday cake for Jesus every year! Kids love decorating it, and it’s a great chance to talk about and remind them of why we are celebrating in the first place.

    • Kristy R

      Our children, 7 and 3, have a wonderful father who is also a children’s pastor. I have had the opportunity to watch him tell the story of Jesus’ birth over the past 6 years to our kids. He gets down on the floor with them and uses a nativity scene to reenact the story. My son last Christmas decided he was old enough to tell his version back to us and his sister. He did a great job! Each year we also select toys from our “wish lists” to go purchase and then give away to other families. The true meaning of Christmas is visible in our daily lives as we live for Him and even more so in the weeks before Christmas in our conversations. My son accepted Christ this past summer, so this year has even more meaning!

    • Melanie Belew Schlievert

      My grandson is 2 and we are starting to tell him now about the meaning of Christmas. We talk about Jesus and the baby Jesus.

    • Sonja Renee’ Ahuja

      My son lost two people important to his life over the past two holiday seasons. Last year it was my mother, his grandmother. We have discussed the reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. We agreed to be thankful for what we have and to share our love and joy with others. I do hope that this year he will be able to have wonderful memories of his grandmother and still celebrate the season!

    • Ashley

      We always give toys to children in needs. The kids get so much joy picking out gifts for them.

    • Stephanie Viars

      My Girls pick names off the Angel Tree and buy gifts for the children. We also pick a child near too our family and get gifts for them too. This year we have thought about getting gloves, scarfs and hats for some school children maybe coats also for the ones who don’t have warm clothes.

    • DeborahH

      My 3 year old is in live with baby Jesus! Every store we go in has to have baby Jesus for her go see so “I can give him a kiss Mama”. My dear sweet girl tells everyone in the store that she is looking for “my baby Jesus”

    • Bethany Wukawitz

      We donate toys to children in nee. We also discuss why the bell ringers are around during the holidays.

    • Nikki Gminder

      My children are very young but I plan on making sure they know the true meaning of Christmas. My parents did a great job of having tradition around the birth of Christ. We always had a birthday cake for baby Jesus and sang to Him on Christmas.

    • Ann Moore

      We do the Jesse tree every year.

    • volmommy3

      We always donate a box for Operation Christmas Child. Also, we try to buy for a teen’s Christmas.

    • Mona

      My son is little and instead of introducing Santa we introduced baby Jesus and say the presents are to celebrate his birthday. Also this year I’d like to make a gingerbread nativity scene instead of a gingerbread house.

    • Stefanie Loehr

      We adopt a family and get them presents and food that they normally would not be able to get! My older son really gets into it and loves being able to give to others, the girls are still young but we keep them involved. They will understand soon!

    • Yenny R.

      We pick 2 gift requests from the Angel tree.

    • Amy

      We donate food to our church food pantry and help feed families at the school our church meets in.

    • Ap

      We have taught them to the true meaning for Christmas, along with going to church and learning. I think it is very important and makes me happy!

    • mommyking

      We donate food, participate in Operation Christmas Child, and give to our local charity toy store. Ultimately we spend time talking to them about the true meaning of Jesus birth and what an amazing gift he is to us! We also share the birthday cake for Jesus with all the layers for them to hear about why Jesus came to Earth for us…

    • Sandy

      Every year our church sponsors a family and we give according to what the families request. Very humbling to play Santa for other children.

    • dee

      church and Christmas plays

    • KRS

      We shop for children off an Angel tree. They LOVE shopping for them.

    • Gwen

      My kids learn the true meaning of Christmas by giving back to others.

    • Liz

      We adopt a senior for Christmas, they often get forgotten around the holidays.

    • Jana

      My son is learning the true meaning of Christmas by learning to provide acts of service to those that are less fortunate.

    • Barbara Holt

      We celebrate the Christmas by reading bible stories, watching Movies and cartoons such as the drummer boy, Nester.just the good ole movies that explain the true meaning of Christmas and we discuss Jesus and his life daily.We go to Christmas plays and participate in Plays at our church. We also Donate items to families we know at the school I work at.

    • Shelly Richards

      We Helped Pack 160 Operation Christmas Cold Boxes. We Will Also A Adopt A Teen Off The Angel Tree.

    • Jennifer

      We donate our used toys to children in need.

    • Mel

      Helping me coupon and shop to donate more food to charity.

    • Kristin

      Learning the true Christmas story and veggie tales is one of many great tools to do this.

    • Kasey

      My 7 year old has learned the meaning of Christmas by donating toys to children less fortunate. This year we adopted an elderly person so she knows that its not just children that are in need this time of year!

    • TinaSC

      I would say adding the Jesse Tree tradition in our family has been a big help with keeping us focused on the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Tiffany

      For us, the best way to learn is through talking about it. We talk about the story of Jesus’ birth and why we celebrate Christmas at all!

    • My children learn the true meaning of Christmas every year by us reading the story of the nativity from the Bible and helping them gain a deeper understanding of it being a celebration of Christ’s birthday.

    • teddysmom

      This year my older kids were concerned about Christmas as I am out of work undergoing Chemo. We’ve always been on the giving end, but they are seeing how nice it is when I’m too sick to cook, that someone always shows up with the meal that we need! It’s good friends and family that keep things going!

    • jashelep

      We read about it, watch plays, and have a birthday party for Jesus.

    • Jessica Scott Lavin

      We always celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by baking and decorating a cake for Jesus’ birthday!

    • Angel in Charleston

      We do a project where each day we read scripture and add a piece to the nativity.

    • Beck Beck

      We have a large family, so there’s at least one birthday every month… except December. My son tells everyone that Jesus’ birthday is next, and we will “practice” singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. He tells me that he wants it to sound perfect.

    • Beck Beck

      We have a large family, so there’s at least one birthday every month… except December. My son tells everyone that Jesus’ birthday is next, and we will “practice” singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. He tells me that he wants it to sound perfect.

    • Trish S

      My son just turned 2 this week but we are very much planning to teach that Jesus is the reason for the season.

    • CindyG

      we usually do the Samaritans Purse shoeboxes through church but this year we did through our school

    • Tabitha Williamson

      We have taught our children from an early age that you only get 3 gifts! The reason for the 3 gifts is if Jesus only got 3 why do you need more????

    • Jenna P

      We have taught our children that the true meaning is family.

    • Kiyoko Blue

      The last 3 years we were financially unable to purchase gifts so my boys and I made lists of odd jobs that would help others and surprised love ones by doing these jobs.

    • sforman19

      This year my 5 & 6 year old did extra chores to earn money so they could buy gifts to fill their shoe boxes for operation christmas child. they had so much fun picking out gifts for a child they’ve never met – it brought joy to this mama’s heart

    • amber n.

      we try to limit the gifts and focus more on the time we get to spend together and talk about Jesus’ birth and why this season is so important.

    • JenB

      Every Christmas we participate in either a toy drive, Santa’s workshop for underprivileged kids or another charity event. We have since my son was 2. He is now almost 7 and giving is as regular to him as receiving.

    • Bryan

      Every Christmas we have a little birthday cake and the kids sing Happy Birthday to Jesus

    • Jessica

      We don’t do a lot of presents, and we make a lot of what we’re giving away. We also participate in donating gifts and other charity opportunities.

    • mom2boyz

      My family goes to church every Sunday. Kids in Church school. We read the Bible and put God in our lives every day. The meaning of Christmas is a year long teaching.

    • Jessica Baker

      Veggie Tales has helped my stepsons (we don’t get to see them as they don’t live with us) and other two children understand that materialism and presents isn’t what Christmas is about. It’s been a struggle to get them to understand. Thankfully, Bob and Larry and the whole Veggie Tales gang, and Duck Dynasty (we watch that too!) have helped show them what Christmas and family are really about.

    • katie

      Veggie Tales has taught my girls to give to others and to think of themselves last

    • ikemom3

      Our kids know the TRUE meaning of Christmas because we have taught them from the beginning that it is Christ’s birthday, and we should put others first. We love Veggie Tales, great entertainment with an amazing message!!

    • mariajs

      I love that my children go to a Christian school. It takers a lot of sacrifice (and a lot of couponing!) to be able to afford tuition, but the true meaning of Christmas is alive and well there, not the popular culture views.

    • Ivana Stines

      My kids have learned that giving is the most special part of Christmas and they have learned that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

    • Fran

      My children have learned the true meaning of through reading stories about Jesus our savior.

    • Lisa Russell

      The children have learning the true meaning through reading the Christmas story from the Bible every year, being part of christmas plays growing up , now it’s time to do the same as a Gandma with my grandson.

    • Heather

      My kids have learned the true meaning of Christmas through us teaching them the Bible, helping those in need, and doing things like Operation Christmas child.

    • susan

      My kids have learned the true meaning through reading the Bible, going to church and also at home!!!!!!!

    • jensave

      Bible stories and giving to an Angel Tree.

    • scmom08

      We always make a cake for Jesus’ birthday and give away as many gifts as we receive. Hopefully that helps them remember what we are celebrating and why He came.

    • April r

      Through home Bible study and church.

    • val0512

      Our kids have learned through reading the Bible and through their classes at church.

    • Kathy

      I always encourage my children to “watch the face of the giver” when someone opens a gift. That’s where the real joy is…in giving.

    • Andrea Austin

      reading the bible

    • Alana Phillips

      My oldest is 2-1/2 and this is the first Christmas that we can really work on him learning about the real reason of the season.

    • Kimberly Ann Moubray Lowry

      Christmas Bible Truth Church Play and Bible reading of the Christmas story

    • Christy H

      My kids are learning the true meaning of Christmas by being thankful for the gift of Christ by giving time and gifts to others. They choose gifts for Angel Tree kids and foster kids, and that process reminds them how blessed they are.

    • Sabrina

      My children are learning the true meaning of Christmas from reading children’s books about it, acting out the Christ story with the Little People Nativity, and from example of giving people in their lives (i.e. their parents, grandparents, and family).

    • Andy Cauble

      Last year my Mom got diagnosed with cancer. One thing she had always wanted to do was line our entire street with Luminaries. Our church is on the end of the street, so the luminaries would be lit when all of our church family came down the street for the candlelight service. As a family, my wife, my sister, my brother in law , their 3 kids, and myself spent most of the day Christmas Eve preparing all of the bags and candles and was able to do this for her as a surprise. She loved it, and it was a beautiful way to start the candlelight service worshiping the reason for the season.

    • Grammy

      3 gifts were good enough for Jesus.

    • ywx17

      giving gifts to the poor

    • Christy Moore

      My husband always reads the story of Jesus birth on Christmas morning.

    • Snookie

      My children have learned the true meaning of Christmas by reading about the birth of Jesus in the bible and other Christian books and videos. They have also learned that one must help others during this season and all year round.

    • jen

      little people nativity set that they play with

    • Amy Parker

      Last year, we took our 8-year-old to Rwanda (on a business trip). Seeing tiny kids without shoes, clothes, food, water, and caring for their siblings certainly painted “need” and “giving” in a whole new light for him. This year he can’t thing of a single thing he “needs” for Christmas.

    • Brenda DeYoe

      My kids help at the “Secret Santa” shop each year. They help the moms from the local shelter shop amongst the donated gifts. They hear the stories and see how hard life can be. They discover again that every act of kindness is a blessing when you know that Jesus is the true meaning & the reason for the season.

    • Marisa

      We read the Bible passage, Luke 2, about Jesus’ birth. We also have a Happy Birthday Jesus party each year on Christmas Eve.

    • Elena

      My son is only 3, so we talk about giving thanks for what we have and giving to/helping others.

    • Kelly Loggins

      This is really our first Christmas where my little fella is old enough to some what understand. So I am excited to teach him all the great traditions and meanings of Christmas. And with his name being Gabriel I am very happy to share the story of Jesus.

    • cheermomehs

      My children have chosen this year to forgo their Christmas to help a family that our family knows with younger children to have a Christmas! Not only does my 14 year old son volunteer at Country Santa every year, he is now very excited to see the children (ages 1 month, 2 and 6) enjoy a Christmas that they otherwise would not have gotten!

    • Sara Fisher

      I have been getting my children more involved with giving and helping. Christmas isn’t just a celebration of Christ’s birth, it is a celebration of family, and friends, and community.

    • meshtyk

      Teaching kids about our Lord Jesus Christ and Him dying as a substitute for our sins. Christ’s sacrifice is the biggest gift they will ever receive. Thank God for sending His son and for his grace!

    • Rebecca

      I work with the Coulter Hampton Foundation. We raise money for families in our community with seriously ill children. My entire family has accepted my position with this Foundation and they work tirelessly with me to pull off our yearly fundraiser. They go with me to meet families, help pay bills, deliver diapers or special products the children need, or even groceries. They help me stuff envelopes, handout flyers at local ballgames, and pick up silent auction items. They also fill a box every year for Operation Christmas Child. This year we have plans to add volunteering to serve meals to the needy at our local Voluntary Action Center to our list of ways to help others. That’s what spreading Christ’s love is all about!

    • Kellie

      My 2 year old daughter has learned the most about the true meaning of Christmas from her Bible stories. She loves her baby Jesus!

    • Casie W

      I read them the story from the bible but also do an advent calendar and other activities that bring the story to life for them. Also we teach why Jesus and not presents are the reason for the season.

    • Sheila

      This year we have made boxes for Operation Christmas child and are planning on sponsoring a child from our angel tree at church

    • Gaithergirl

      We read the story of Jesus’ birth every Christmas Eve. We talk about the real meaning of Christmas each year. We talk about how it’s not about the gifts, but the one true gift. We also sing our gospel songs about the real meaning of Christmas as we put up the tree each year.

    • Linda

      My grandaughters have learned the true meaning of Christmas by giving to others in need.

    • Robin

      My son learned the true meaning of Christmas by giving to kids through the Angel Tree.

    • Beth Elam

      My kids have learned about the true meaning of Christmas through opportunities to give and serve others in our community and at church ministries.

    • Jennifer

      My little girl is only 18 months, but we plan on teaching her as she grows to know that giving is not something that just occurs on Christmas or Birthdays, but you can give to others at any time of year.

    • Becky

      My daughter is only 4 months old so this will be her first Christmas. But my husband and I plan on teaching her that Christmas is not just about receiving gifts, but that it’s about giving to others that need. Each year my husband and I donate presents to a family that is in need.

    • Rebecca

      My child has been helping at church, He has learned more about giving rather than receiving.

    • Lynn-a

      I have discussed the true meaning of Christmas with my 6 y/o. She knows that it’s all about… celebrating our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…amen

    • Stephanie

      Church is what my daughter listens to and books are a big help

    • Kimberley S. Walton

      We’d love to see how Si teaches about Christmas and go from there.

    • Knappster

      Veggie Tales have been a part of my family for two generations. All of the movies have a positive, moral value to them.

    • Susan

      My family loves veggie tales!

    • Marcia

      My son has learned the true meaning of Christmas because we have had him involved in our church since he was a baby, and he has had awesome teachers.

    • Aubrey

      My little ones are still too little to understand the true meaning of Christmas, but we love Veggie Tales!

    • Leah

      My son has learned the true meaning of Christmas from the beginning Christmas hasn’t been all about toys and gifts but giving to others in many different ways such as kindness and love, joy and helping others in many little ways. He still gets presents but that’s not his main thought during the season. He constantly asks and talks about new ways to give back to others to “make them smile”. WE LOVE Veggie Tales! Great meaning behind every episode and I don’t have to worry about what he is hearing on the show.

    • Erica

      They know that it represents the birth of our Lord.

    • Amanda Umphrey

      They have learned in Sunday School and through Veggie Tales!

    • Melissa

      We hang ornaments with the different names of Jesus on the Christmas tree – one per day leading up to Christmas Eve.

    • Ernestandlinda Dunford

      I teach my child its not all about getting… its about giving and spending quality time with your family, and jesus ofcourse

    • Lisa

      We picked out a child online and shopped for gifts to send to a two year old. I need my children to understand there is always someone needier than we are. I am proud of them.

    • Mary Fuentes

      I have taught my children that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. And it is more blessed to give than to receive, so we give and donate as much as we can.

    • Brandy Bigdog

      My children go through their things (toys, clothes, ETC) to give away. Tis always better to give than to recieve

    • Carrie

      We read the story of the birth of Jesus Christ often through the season so that even though the world seems to get busier, the lines get longer, traffic gets heavier and people get more stressed we remember the true meaning of the season and how Jesus wants us to give him our worries, our stress and be kind to others.

    • Lynette

      We participate in Operation Christmas Child. We also talk about giving and why we have Christmas in the first place!

    • blowingkizzes

      Attending Church and reading God’s Word. My children know the true meaning of CHRISTmas :)

    • january42003

      Attending Church and them learning about Jesus coming to earth and the meaning in this. :)

    • Jenifer Massingill

      By learning it is better to give than receive

    • Janey Jones

      (For my grand children) By attending church and it helps that their father is the Assistant Pastor.

    • Angiec

      My girls are young, but we have a happy birthday Jesus party to remind them what we are celebrating!

    • Kim

      We adopted a child from the angel tree sponsored by the Salvation Army.

    • AudraBridge

      We sing Happy Birthday, Jesus, and have birthday cupcakes for breakfast on Christmas.

    • Duchess

      attending a Christmas eve service-Also we learn in our everyday lives that Jesus is #1 in our lives- we also have a big birthday cake that we let the children decorate before Christmas-and serve it on Christmas morning breakfast.

    • Jasmine Yang

      I Have Also Told M Children The True Meaning Of Christmas. They Understand That Not All PeopleHave The Same Believe As We Do.

    • momof2boys

      My children and I go shopping together to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. They each choose a boy or girl and find things they think their “new friend” would like or need. I feel like it is something that teaches them the importance of giving at Christmas.

    • Pam Marcengill

      Participating in Christmas programs and in our everyday life. We say an extra prayer to Jesus on HIS birthday.

    • tnjcent

      My grand daughters have learned that being away from their grand parents will not alter their love for them. My husband and I just got some hand painted pictures of Thanksgiving from our 6 year old grand daughter. In the pic, she wrote, “miss you so much g’pa and Lita”. All we want for Christmas is to see you” This has us all tore up and we realize the true meaning of Christmas as well. They moved away last year…22 hours away…For a 6 year old…she has truly learned that Christmas is the feeling you have in your heart!

    • Denise Ash

      My children were adopted at the ages of 10 and 12. We introduced them to Jesus when we met them and by the time of their second Christmas with them, they had both been baptized. What a blessing to know that our children rejoice with us in the reason for the season! :-)

    • Ivana

      Our three daughters receive 3 presents for the three presents our Lord received at His birth. We hope to instill a love for others and a desire of giving to others in our girls rather than a greedy holiday mentality.

    • Beverly Steadman

      By giving to Cops for Tots to help needy children have Christmas.

    • Jpvedder

      We love adopting an angel tree child!

    • Pamela Sutton

      My little boy loves Veggietales and he sings and dances to their silly songs. He’s only two so he’s still getting the hang of Christmas but loves God and says his prayers and actually gets upset if he can’t go to church for any reason. He is a true blessing from God because we were told we couldn’t have kids.

    • Brittiany

      My daughter is 4 and this year she has truly hit her question stage. The latest question my to my husband was, ‘Mommy can it be Christmas everyday, so I can get presents”. We realized it was time to sit down and explain the meaning of Christmas. We read the Christmas story from the Bible and explained to her what it all meant. She has talked non stop about baby Jesus ever sense. I could not be more proud of her and thankful for the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Lindsey

      Helping others and shopping for items on the Angel Tree and bringing in items for local food drives. We have fun wrapping them and bringing them into school.

    • Lisa L

      My son is 4 and still does not grasp the concept that Christmas is only one day a year and in the month of December. I would like this so it would maybe help him understand a little better. Thanks

    • Terry Newcomb

      Shopping for the Angel Tree and taking cookies to our local fire and police departments every year

    • susan

      We go to church on Christmas Day and everything else comes after.

    • Coty Wilson

      Our extended family donates toys and gifts to those in need rather than doing a gift exchange with each other. We all have more than what we need and the kids learn the spirit of giving at the holidays.

    • Rochelle M.

      I taught my children that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, first and foremost.

    • Buffy

      We read about Jesus’ birth from Luke 2 every Christmas morning.

    • Rebekah Jarrett

      Our two year has memorized Luke 2:8-11 and we have been using that as a teaching tool to explain that Christ came to earth as a baby to redeem us of our sins and that is why we celebrate Christmas.

    • ebj1

      Although we have a conversation about the true meaning each Christmas Day, we always try to show through our actions throughout the year. The cumulative discussions, events and reinforcements from so many in their lives has given them the big picture of it all.

    • Lindsay Patterson

      We have one baby boy so have not been able to do any teaching on Christmas, but our goal is to start a tradition in which our little guy brings us old toys to donate to Children in Need for Christmas. How ever many toys he donates, he will receive the same amount of toys from Santa. It will help children in need and keep us from getting overloaded on toys. Our son will be able to perform acts of charity every Christmas. We also ALWAYS read the Christmas story from the Bible!

    • Tonya Sanes Maners

      The Christmas Story in Luke 2!!!

    • Rachel B

      Our kids celebrate Christmas with a Baby Jesus birthday party following the annual children’s Christmas program at church. Everyone places baby gifts beneath the Christmon tree for Baby Jesus. These gifts are donated to the local crisis pregnancy center.

    • Debra

      We teach our children the reason for Christmas-the birth of Christ and the Good News of this message for all. We also like to remind the children and ourselves, as parents, to live this message out and seek to be sensitive to others in need, especially during this time of the year.

    • Andrea sabillon

      My kids love making a birthday cake for jesus. They love that more then making cookies for Santa. I love that they understand why we celebrate Christmas and of cores birthday cake is a favorite around here!

    • Melissa Grassia Key

      My son turns 4 just before Christmas and this age has been such a fun experience for both my son and my husband and I. He is really starting to figure things out at this age so it’s been fun teaching him the biblical, factual and fictional histories of Christmas without giving too much away about who is really in the Santa suit;) we also let him pick out his gifts for others… No matter what it is…usually at the dollar store;). Although it’s hard at this age, I want him to enjoy giving gifts as well and to teach him to always appreciate gifts from the heart. We also call our local family services and get a family to provide gifts to and I am really hoping that this year my son will understand a little bit of what we are doing for the family.

    • Rita

      Need a Merry Larry for the Granbaby’s Christmas!

    • Kim Henry

      My 10 year old son chose to use the money we would have spent handing out candy to trick or treaters to fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. While everyone else trick or treated, we ate at Chic Fila A and shopped at the Dollar Tree. He told his buddies at school what he was going to do…it wasn’t popular, but he knew the feeling of giving, rather than getting, that night was amazing!

    • Kim Henry

      My 10 year old son chose to use the money we would have spent handing out candy to trick or treaters to fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. While everyone else trick or treated, we ate at Chic Fila A and shopped at the Dollar Tree. He told his buddies at school what he was going to do…it wasn’t popular, but he knew the feeling of giving, rather than getting, that night was amazing!

    • PAR ROU

      My kids collect suitcases to give to foster kids at Christmas so they never had to lug their belongings in plastic bags

    • PAR ROU

      My kids collect suitcases to give to foster kids at Christmas so they never had to lug their belongings in plastic bags

    • Delbel

      This year my children are only gettin three gifts that represent the three gifts the wise men brought baby jesus. They are also very excited about our church’s “Christmas Joyland” which is for underprivilaged families to shop at a steep discount for toys.

    • Delbel

      This year my children are only gettin three gifts that represent the three gifts the wise men brought baby jesus. They are also very excited about our church’s “Christmas Joyland” which is for underprivilaged families to shop at a steep discount for toys.

    • Terri M

      The past 2 years my 8 and 4 year old have shopped for and filled their own Operation Chirstmas Child shoeboxes. They watched a Samaritan’s Purse video at church one morning showing where some of the boxes go and how happy the kids were with just one little shoe box.

    • Holly

      My child is just 14 months, but we will be sure to tell him the true story of Christmas this year. I hope to get him a nativity scene he can play with to help explain it!

    • Bunnie

      I have 6 girls, and we go to the homeless shelter with our church and help to feed the hungry. Also donate used toys right before christmas this is wonderful in two ways. Helps us get ready for new Santa toys, and helps someone less fortunate to have slightly used Santa toys they might not of otherwise have gotten. Our theme for the holiday is giving just a Christ was always giving…..

    • Amy Nogowski Kerwood

      My grandson is only 10 months old but we are sure to teach him that the true meaning of Christmas is not how many presents you receive but the love of people around you.

    • Renee

      We do Christmas shoeboxes every year for Samaritan’s purse.

    • Linda

      The joy of wrapping gifts and giving to others!

    • Brooke Crotts

      We do a nativity science and discuss and do a family giving project this year we r sending care package to soldiers

    • Brittany Goodman

      My son is 23 months old and we have the veggie tales nativity scene. Every time we pray with him he runs and gets baby Jesus. He has already learned the song Away in a Manger because the nativity sings it!! We also have done the shoe boxes, blessing bags for homeless ppl when we pass them and he is going to be Jesus as a toddler in the church Christmas play. I pray everyday we are laying a good foundation.

    • jlinsey

      My son is 3 and I’m currently in the process of telling him Christmas is not about the gifts and wanting “everything” but helping and giving to others. Love of family, friends and God! At this moment he’s glad to share “everything” , so more work still needs to be done but getting there.

    • DERRICK

      We have learned that Christmas is about the joy of giving to others.

    • Amanda Alford

      Our kids learn by giving to others its not about what we receive but what we can give to those around us in this season and in every season.

    • CoffeeQueen

      We recently cleaned out the playroom to give to the less fortunate. Jesus came as a gift to us, they’ve learned its important to share that gift and the joy it brings.

    • kristina cowart

      Every year we adopt an “Angel” from the Salvation Army thru my work and I let the kids go shopping for the child.

    • kims

      we have been watching and listening to veggie tales for years. All of their songs and videos are awesome! lots of good learning lessons!

    • LSN

      Would love to give to one of the shelters in town!

    • step

      They learn it at church and we discuss it everyday during the season so they never forget through all the madness He is the reason for the season!!

    • Layne Welch

      Books! love reading the Christmas story

    • Erin

      We Bank Jesus a birthday cake every year.

    • Kacy Byrd

      My son has blocks with the Christmas story on them, you put the blocks in order to build a tower and each one has a part of Jesus’ birth on it. Love them! Always looking for new ideas!

    • lucie

      The true meaning of Christmas involves the Pure Word of God written in the Bible. Luke 2: 7. Praise be to God!

    • Pamela

      Reading the Christmas story

    • Meyer Couponers

      Jesus came to earth to die for me and you! He is the reason we celebrate this season:)

    • Stephanie Beliveau

      My youngest has learned from his older brothers and sister :)

    • Rachel McClain

      I have a 4 and 5 year old who participated in operation Christmas child for the first time. They were able to understand in a tangible way that Christmas is about Jesus and giving.

    • leighd

      Operation Christmas Child, carrying fruit baskets to shut-ins, and all 7 of us reading the REAL Christmas story from the Bible while snugged in one bed are some of the ways we model what Christmas is all about in our family.

    • Nicki81

      It all starts at home. Christmas is the Season of Giving.

    • Linda

      Donating food to the local food bank for the needy.

    • Amanda Harris

      Telling the story of the birth of Jesus!

    • Kris

      We ask each child to identify X number of ways from November to December (based on their ages) for them, or the family, to help or give to others. These activities reinforce what they learn regarding the true meaning of Christmas – which hopefully is applied throughout the year.

    • lori

      Jesus is the reason for the season

    • Erin

      We watched the Veggie Tales video about Nicholas; my son’s only three, but he understands that we give because God gave us the greatest gift of all…Jesus…and we want to be givers like Him.

    • Lauren Tarr

      By giving gifts to those in our community that are less fortunate through the Community Renewal program.