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‘Tis the season for materials that inspire or help us decorate for the Christmas season. I’ll admit to being an individual who can never seem to have enough great resources in the home to help me center my heart on Christ. Today, I am sharing about Christmas from Heaven and Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set which our family was sent for review.
About Christmas from Heaven and Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set
Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.
As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would “bomb” Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.
Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as “Uncle Wiggly Wings” or “The Candy Bomber.” Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen’s small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.
Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes. The book retails for $21.99.
Create a Christ-focused holiday tradition as you review the sacred names of the Savior with the Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set. Display these antique pewter-finish ornaments on the tree, as gift tags, or adorning a wreath on the front door. A scripture reference accompanies each ornament, perfect for a “Twelve Days of Christmas” countdown. 12-piece set with a list price $19.95.
My Thoughts on Christmas from Heaven and Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set
As I mentioned, I love anything that helps me find inspiration to grow closer to Christ. The book, Christmas from Heaven, is one that shows how a seemingly small act (sharing 2 sticks of gum) can lead to blessing so many others. During this Advent season, I am always on the lookout for ways I can be Christ to others. I doubt it will be anything so grand as the actions of ‘the candy bomber.’ However, I can at least help to brighten someone else’s day.
The DVD included in the book has a telling of the story by Tom Brokaw with images shared at key points, actors who help to set the stage for the story being told, and the wonderful singing of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the background. Topping it all off is ‘meeting’ Lt. Halvorsen who is now in his 90’s. My oldest son watched the DVD with me and we agreed that my youngest son (age 4) would not enjoy it while he would enjoy having the book read to him. I’m thinking that all the boys will enjoy trying their hand at making candy parachutes as featured in the back of the book.
The ornament collection will be a wonderful addition for our family. I love decorated trees and am now thinking about getting a new ‘small’ table top tree just for this set. What a wonderful way to help draw your focus on Christ as you see the metallic stars bearing 12 of the different names for Him.