||Nov 3, 2009
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Santa’s Birthday Gift includes Santa in the Christmas story. After reading a story of the nativity, my grandchild asked “But where’s Santa?”
If your child or grandchild has ever wondered where Santa fits in with the traditional Christmas story, now you can read them, Santa’s Birthday Gift. Finally, a book that ties two holiday traditions into one inspirational tale of wonder – as Santa brings gifts to baby Jesus. The cleverly-written, rhyming book reveals Santa’s adventure from toymaker to star follower -- right into the heart of Bethlehem where he meets Baby Jesus in the manger. Delivering toys to a king is a touching experience for both Santa and readers alike, as they discover where the tradition began -- Santa makes a promise to Jesus to bring gifts to good boys and girls each year on Jesus’ birthday.
In the small town of Bethlehem,
long, long ago,
On a night that was cold and was
starting to snow,
A woman named Mary gave birth
to a babe
And she wrapped Him in
swaddling clothes she had made.
She’d traveled a long way with
Joseph her spouse;
And finding no room at an inn or
They found a small stable to help
them stay warm
On that holy night, when Baby
Jesus was born.
She held Him and rocked Him
and gave Him her love,
For she knew that her baby was
sent from above;
And our Christ who would help all
the world to believe,
Was asleep in a manger that first
Midwest Book Review
Santa's Birthday Gift is a charming children's Christmas book that explains origins of Santa's role in connection with the birth of the Christ child. Santa's Birthday Gift is beautifully written in a gentle versed narrative and illuminated with starlit illustrations of the Nativity including the jolly angel-elf in red known as Santa. Written in answer to a child's question about the traditional Nativity, "But where is Santa?", Santa's Birthday Gift is the perfect explanation of mysterious Christmas customs and traditions for young children. Santa's Birthday Gift will enchant inquisitive children of all ages.- Midwest Book Review
Great Minds Think Aloud
Another wonderful book from this author, I have often wondered what the best way to incorporate both Jesus and Santa into Christmas in such a way it would make sense to a child how the holiday could be about both aspects without losing the true reason and meaning. In this book, “Santa’s Birthday Gift” Santa is summoned to the birth of the Christ child and is given the ability to deliver presents all over the world to all the children in honor of Jesus’ birthday. I have to say her idea is magnificent and I cannot think of a better way to successfully combine the true spirit of the holiday, with a beloved tradition. I could see this book becoming a treasured read for this time of year, one that would be passed down for years to come. This is a truly beautiful story. Start your own Christmas tradition with this wonderful book. – GMTA, Kitty Bullard
Kid Lit Reviews - Sue Morris
Santa’s Birthday Gift is a wonderfully crafted story that explains both the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus’ spirit of gift giving. The story is written with such skill that it becomes plausible that Santa could have been there that night and this is how he began his yearly trips to good boys and girls. If your children, or you, want to know how Santa’s reindeer can fly, this story explains how. Have you ever wondered how Santa’s bag is always full of toys, no matter how many he pulls out? I have and this story finally explained in a way that makes sense.
There are really two stories in Santa’s Birthday Gift. The second is the amazing birth of baby Jesus. The traditional nativity story re-told in simple terms that most every child would understand. Still, the main story is how Santa Claus came to be. I really like this story. It can be leisurely read in one sitting and holds the reader’s (and the listener’s), attention throughout. This story will become a part of your Christmas tradition; it is that good and that inspiring.
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