Boz: Keeping the Christ in Christmas
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by writing the word darkness all along the walls of his cell.” -C.S. Lewis
If you think YOU have the power to take the Christ out of Christmas, or that any man can, you may want to reevaluate what kind of God you’re believing in, “for I am convinced that nothing…can separate us from the love of God that is Jesus Christ…” and “he has not given us a sprit of fearfullness.” (Romans 8:38, 2 Timothy 1:7).
BUT if you want to read something that celebrates all the parts that make Christmas the greatest tradition and isn’t afraid to talk about the center of it, without giving a sermon, this book really gets that done. Honestly, it’s not offensive (apart from maybe the fact that it’s a very white christmas, if you know what I mean;).
Boz, a big green bear, talks to the reader or listener about each tradition he loves at Christmas. One by one he excitedly explains drinking cocoa and giving gifts alongside his human friends, a little boy and girl, each time saying: but that’s not the best part about Christmas. At the end, after that slight build up, he very briefly and joyfully explains that’s when our savior Jesus Christ was born. That’s it. No fire, no brimstone, no punishments and rewards, just some Jesus love.
Apparently, Boz is a Christian series, so if you’re looking for something to read your kids that promotes your values but isn’t necessarily the Bible, Boz is Barney for Christians AND it’s a book, so double win. Unless you really don’t want your kid to know why people celebrate one of the most celebrated holidays, this book wouldn’t be off limits.
Evy liked Boz, his bigness, brightness, and beguiling smile. The pictures are large, livel,y and have deep primary colors. The second time, she recognized him right away. Apart from that, she most enjoyed turning the oversized cardboard pages.
-Evy and Me.