The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas by Jan BerenstainHave yourself a Beary little Christmas.
It has a strange framing device that Papa Bear is reading the storybook Bible to his cubs. The most bizarre thing about the framing device is, its only at the beginning. At the very end, it just stops with text from the story of Christmas. Theres no frame at the end. No closing parenthesis. It bothers me.
So its Christmas Eve, and the bear cubs want a story before they go to bed. Papa Bear says, How about a story from our storybook Bible? How about the story of the very first Christmas? asked Brother. The very first Christmas it is!
Mary lives in Nazareth. An angel comes, and shes afraid. He says, Youre going to have a baby named Jesus. Mary said, How can this be since I am not yet married? Sure, thats how babies are made, kids. Marriage. And then she and Joseph go to Bethlehem and stay in a stable. There are some shepherds nearby, and the angels go to them and say, Hey, Jesus is born, and the shepherds see him and tell everybody that Jesus was born. After this, the three wise men come to Jerusalem and Herod tells them to go find the child and tell them where the child is. The wise men go to the manger and give him precious gifts. God tells them in a dream not to go back to Herod, so they dont.
Then an angel comes to Joseph in a dream (God goes to the wise men, but an angel comes to Joseph. Is he not cool enough to get God directly?) and tells him that King Herod is angry with them and they need to go to Egypt, where they live until Herod is dead. Then they return to Nazareth and the last sentence is, And that is where Jesus grew up. Okay. Theres no conclusion to this book. That whole part about going to Egypt isnt really part of the first Christmas, so I dont understand why its even in there.
And of course, this is not human Jesus. This is Bear Jesus. And Bear angels. And Bear Mary and Joseph. And Bear wise men riding camels. Bear shepherds (would sheep be okay with that? I guess theyre okay with dogs). Its just goofy. They have their own Bear Jesus? The world of the Berenstain Bears gets weirder and weirder as time goes on, and as Mike Berenstain builds on the legacy of his parents in a more and more Christian way. Especially given that at least one of the earlier books had a fox creature. Do the fox people have Fox Jesus? Or are they a lesser race that has to settle for the Jesus of another species?
The best part: The shepherds are in their fields, with a Bear angel floating in the air. Swirling around that angel are five other Bear angels, all wearing different colored outfits. Its very kaleidoscopic. It would have been even more awesome if they had used older descriptions of angels and given them more than two wings and eyes on the wings and such. This is trippy enough for a Berenstain Bears book page, though.
Message: This is the story of Christmas.
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First of all, Happy Festivus everyone! He makes her cry. But then we dive deeper into the realm of delusion because DJ not knowing that the airline has lost the bag containing the gifts decides to tell Stephanie that Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer has radar in his nose. Joey decides to dress up like Santa to talk to Stephanie and explain the present situation. Because you know he just travels with a Santa Suit ugh this guy wtf. Feeling betrayed, she retreats back to the phone booth.
If I could skip just one review, it would be this one. Based on my memory of watching Full House on tv, there are two scenes in the series that actually stand out, among the endless stream of horrible jokes and obnoxious bullshit, as the most unbearable and embarrassing to watch moments of all time. I guess the only way to find out for sure is to read this blog every single Friday for like 4 more years. Ready to read about it? So anyway, the Tanner family gather together to take their Christmas photo but then the phone rings and the camera snaps when the family is unprepared, but, you know, the photo ends up really capturing what a kooky and delightfully tumultuous family they really are. As he prepares to travel with his family to the Tanner reunion in Colorado, Danny takes some footage of the holiday-decorated full house for the viewers of Wake Up, San Francisco. Man, the viewers of Wake Up, San Francisco will watch anything.
It originally aired on December 16, The family is in the living room, posing in front of the Christmas tree for a family photo. See Quotes. The Tanners are on a flight to Colorado to spend Christmas with some relatives, which Danny has spent months planning. After wishing viewers of Wake Up, San Francisco a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah, and to make sure they do not miss out, he has decided to tape the festivities using his camcorder, from the suitcases being loaded into the living room to the plane itself. Even Jesse 's parents, Nick and Irene , get in on the fun. However, they run into trouble because of a blizzard, which forces an emergency landing at an unfamiliar airport, and they are forced to spend Christmas in the baggage claim room, where everyone thinks that it is ruined this time around.
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