Everybody knows the story of Santa Claus, the red–suited figure who lives at the North Pole and distributes gifts to good children every Christmas eve. But is there any historical evidence on which this jolly old character is based? Was there a real Santa Claus? To answer that question, host Mark Wilson, a distinguished historian and archeologist travels not to the North Pole but to modern day Turkey and Italy. There he uncovers clues that lead to the truth about the man behind the legend.
Upon being sent to live with her aunt in the small town of Doverville, 12-year-old Emma O Conner finds herself in the middle of a dog-fight with the Mayor and town dogcatcher. In order to strike down their no-dogs law, Emma must bring together a group of schoolmates, grown-ups and adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes in a spectacular holiday pageant. The 12 Dogs of Christmas is a fun, heartwarming story featuring a diverse canine cast of over 101 pooches, perfect for all those who love dogs, kids and Christmas.
Based on Henry van Dyke's classic, The Story of the Other Wise Man, this fictional story set in Biblical times is told in gently comic terms. A Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen) sees a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful servant to the Messiah. Artaban takes with him three precious gifts to present to the Messiah. For 33 years Artaban pursues Jesus, only to miss Him at every turn.
Host Christopher Gornold-Smith, historian and Bible teacher, takes you into the heart of each of the Gospels. Combining remarkable shots of the Holy Land with dramatized scenes and clear analysis of each gospel account, Christopher invites us into the world of Jesus.
After the loss of the family farm, the Thompsons head west for a fresh start. John’s struggle to provide for his family is bolstered by the childlike faith of his young son who, despite his new environment, inspires everyone he meets to consider the true meaning of Christmas. After a mysterious stagecoach rider visits in the dark hours of Christmas Eve, even John must believe that his troubles are temporary, and miracles do happen on Christmas.
Experience the wonders of Christmas more fully. From the Annunciation in Nazareth to the Nativity in Bethlehem, the story is full of insight and joy. The film includes ancient traditions, biblical sites and ancient chants. Filmed on the actual locations in the Holy Land, this is the complete Christmas story.
Joy to the World: The Christmas Story -- When an angel appears to Mary and explains that she's going to have God's baby, Mary agrees to do whatever God would have her do. She and Joseph travel to Bethlehem for the census, but when they arrive at the inn, there is no room for them. The innkeeper lets them stay in the stable where they prepare for the greatest event in history--the birth of Christ.
Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? How did Saint Nicholas become Santa Claus? Why do we have Christmas trees? Charting Christmas provides answers to these questions and many more as it explores the history of Christmas.
Go Look in the Manger -- Eight-year-old Ricky borrows his mother's favorite record to take to school for show-and-tell on the condition that, if it is broken, he will get no Christmas presents. Candy Makers Christmas -- "Only the finest for the king," cheers the candy maker as he mixes and stirs and twirls his latest creation. As he walks into the snowy night, August is certain that he has made the perfect Christmas present for the royal family.
A collection of heartwarming Christmas films from a bygone era.
Beth and her Brother, Digger, can hardly wait for the Christmas celebration to come, so they are excited to learn that the church has a special season of waiting and preparing in expectation of the coming Savior: the season of Advent.
Use this five-part series to introduce your children and grandchildren to Jesus. If you are a parent or a grandparent, you are aware of the amazing capacity of small children to learn at a fantastic rate. They will pick up a lot you might wish they didn't. So don't miss the opportunity to insure they also are exposed to the most important sources that will deeply imprint their young hearts and minds for a lifetime.
Joseph: Carpenter of Steel offers a look at the foster-father of Jesus. Joseph's unwavering trust in God, his obedience in the face of ridicule and disruption gives us a unique example of biblical manhood. As carpenter, guardian, and parent, Joseph was, above all, faithful.
Grandpa Jim is scheduled to make a guest appearance in a special Christmas program in Branson, Missouri. Backstage at the program , it is chaos--the children are out of control, and the director is out of patience. To make matters worse, Grandpa Jim's truck breaks down on the way to the performance.
Little Shepherd is a playful drama with an endearing message that will captivate the entire family. In the dark of night, the fields surrounding Bethlehem are alive with expectation. Wolves have been spotted and every shepherd is nervous -- including young Joel and his family. Yet what is about to happen is not expected at all!
Sent on a journey 170 years into the future, Scrooge encounters a world even colder and greedier than his own, a world that includes a young cutthroat businessman named Timothy Cratchit VI. Will Scrooge be able to turn Cratchit from his selfish ways and teach him the true meaning of Christmas? Mister Scrooge to See You! is a lighthearted and entertaining follow-up to Dicken's classic tale.
What would it look like if Jesus were born in the 21st Century? Savior is a contemporary interpretation of the Christmas story set in modern England. Mary and Joe are working class twenty-somethings planning for their wedding and trying make ends meet. Everything changes when a supernatural visitor announces to Mary that she will bear the Savior of the world!
This 1935 British film version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic stars Sir Seymour Hicks as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who scoffs at the yuletide spirit around him. But on Christmas Eve, he embarks on a journey led by three spirits who convince him to mend his ways and embrace the joys of Christmas.
Lovable puppies, a family Christmas, and a big city full of excitement all add up to an adventure that every child should experience. Spunky, our hero begins his journey to his new home and soon discovers how much it really means to have a loving master.
On this trek, Stevie is going to discover who the real Messiah is, where he came from, and how God would use him to fulfill his promises to the descendants of Abraham. Come along and travel through the ancient land of Israel, solve this mystery, and discover how God uses one family to keep a promise designed for the whole world!