Review: The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury Audio Collection

thefamilyman_weblogo-1_zpsizxfdqitChristmas is coming!  Did you hear my sing song voice when you read that?  I’ll be honest, I’ve had many Scroogey years where I just about dreaded the holiday season.  For some reason this year my heart is singing when I think about Christmas.  First, it is the time that we remember Jesus’s birth and that alone is filling me with Joy.  How great is our God that He would send us a savior to take the punishment for my sins?  Beyond that though I am also really looking for to the festivities.  We’ll have Christmas carols, and lights, and foods, and classic movies, and STORIES.  Yes!  I love stories with a Christmas theme to them.  It is with great joy that I get to tell you about some fantastic audio Christmas stories that my family has recently been blessed to review (yep, Christmas spirit has come early around here).

Over the last several weeks my family has been listening to The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury – Audio Collection from The Familyman.  These are also available as Digital Downloads.  I’ve been a follower of Todd Wilson (creator of these stories) from The Familyman for several years now.  He brings a unique brand of fun humor to the homeschooling parenting life through his books, comics, and podcasts.  Now he’s used his talents to write these very fun stories.the-familymans-christmas-treasury_zps2dtu8hat

On top of it all The Familyman chose possibly the best person to record and narrate the stories. Jim Hodges is a voice well known in my household as we’ve enjoyed many of his audio book records.  Finding out it would be his voice we would be listening was like the cherry on top of this very fun review.

For this review we were sent digital downloads of the six stories from the collection PLUS two additional stories that are only available in digital format.

The Collection of Six Stories Include:

  • Captain Chaos and The Manger Blaster
  • Cootie McKay’s Nativity
  • The Stranger
  • The Bishop’s Dream
  • Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest
  • Gladys Remembers Christmas

Let me tell you a little bit about a few of the stories.  I’ll start with Cootie McKay’s Nativity as I think this was our absolute hands down favorite of them all.  This story features a man by the name of Cootie McKay who is a bit of an outcast in his own town.  He is a creative man whose eccentric ways have ostracized him from those who live around him.  When he is called upon to fix the town’s Nativity scene he not only comes through in a spectacular way but he also finds Jesus in the process.  The entire town is blessed.

The Stranger… It is so like us to turn away from those who are different, dirty, or even smelly.  We might not even invite them into our church or our home if they arrived asking for help.  Oh how this story provided for so much conversation… and perhaps conviction on this momma’s heart.

Captain Chaos … this one has a bit more of a superhero theme running through and what fun that is.  A bit unexpected in a collection of Christmas stories.  As Captain Chaos actually erases the entire birth of Jesus from the history of the world and we, the listeners, are left to see what the world would might have been like without Him.

The Bishops Dream… I personally was quite interested in this story.  We are a Santa believing family however I’ve always approached the idea of Santa from the history of Saint Nicholas.  What would Saint Nicholas think of the Christmas we celebrate today?  Hmm… lots to think about.

Each and every story points back to Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.  Every story is a true blessing.  We’ll be keeping these on repeat throughout this and probably every Christmas season for years to come.  These stories are short and sweet, just about 15-30 minutes each.  They are perfect as a before bed listen or in the van as we run errands around town.

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