B-TV: Redeeming the Season

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B-TV: Redeeming the Season

“B-TV: Redeeming the Season” is episode #434 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Jim Ware, and originally aired on December 11, 1999.


Bernard Walton and the B-TV crew explore the legend of Saint Nicholas and how many Christmas customs first began.


B-TV is broadcasting live from the Odyssey Mall, where Bernard Walton wants to acquaint people with the real the ways Christians through the centuries have taken secular celebrations and shown the true meaning of the season through those celebrations. Many traditional holiday celebrations have their root in early pagan and pre-Christmas winter holidays, and this episode shows the background of some Christmas traditions and celebrations.

Bernard explains what Saint Nicholas has to do with the real story of Christmas. In 270 A.D. in Patras, Asia Minor, a boy named Nicholas was born to an influential, wealthy bishop of the church. From an early age, Nicholas displayed remarkable devotion, and as he grew up, he questioned his father's version of Christianity. He wanted to see the outside world. Eventually he had a desire to live a simple, humble life as a true disciple of Jesus, so he caught a ship headed for Palestine. While there he traveled many places where Christ had walked, but his journey culminated at Golgotha. While he was meditating there, he heard God telling him he was supposed to go home to do a special work God had planned for him. He was puzzled, and when he arrived in Asia Minor, he found out his parents had both died, and now he was rich. He became very depressed and left the church, not seeing where his new mission was. One night he was walking through the town and heard a girl inside a house wailing because she wanted to marry but she and her father didn’t have enough money for a dowry. Nicholas got a clever idea: to throw a bag of gold coins in the house to provide for the need. The same happened with the other two daughters in the family, and finally when the girls' father asked him why he was doing this, he replied that he had never wanted to be rich, but he would like to share God's generosity with others that need it.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Nicholas go on his journey?
  2. What made him come back?
  3. What did Nicholas learn while he was gone?
  4. Do you have any Christmas traditions in your family? What is your favorite?


Role Voice Actor
Augustine Unknown
B-TV Announcer Corey Burton
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Bride #3 Diane Michelle
Brutus Will Ryan
Chess Player Nathan Carlson
Church Employee Will Ryan
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Father of the Brides Corey Burton
German Thor Worshipper #1 Paul Herlinger
German Thor Worshipper #2 Corey Burton
God Corey Burton
Hezekiah (a) Corey Burton
Joanna Diane Michelle
Julius Caesar Dave Madden
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Maria Diane Michelle
Bishop Martin Nathan Carlson
Martin Luther Corey Burton
Nathaniel Graham Blake Ewing
Saint Nicholas Nathan Carlson
Saint Nicholas's Father Paul Herlinger
Saint Nicholas's Mother Diane Michelle
Oly Corey Burton
Origen Paul Herlinger
Police Officer Nathan Carlson
Puritan Judge Corey Burton
Prisoner #1 Unknown
Prisoner #2 Dave Madden
Sven Nathan Carlson
Sailor Unknown
Ship Captain Will Ryan
William Shakespeare Corey Burton
Winfreed Nathan Carlson





Bernard Walton: In your case, Eugene, singing and tragedy go well together.

God: Go home.
Saint Nicholas: Yes, Lord. <under his breath> Rats.
God: I heard that.
Saint Nicholas: Sorry.