Let me preface this a little bit. After a particularly busy week where I had about a dozen obligations to meet, work, and items to check off my Christmas list (particularly a large project I was undertaking as a homemade gift for my in-laws), I was maybe a little lacking in Christmas spirit. Anyone else feeling this way??? I think I just heard at least a hundred “amens” echo around the world just now, right?!
But everything got done and we loaded up our family in the car to make our two hour drive to grandma and grandpa’s house for a family party the week before Christmas. I took a big breath of relief to know that despite my earlier feelings of panic it was all fine now. I was taking one last sweep of the house and about to walk out the door when I saw this little book that I had picked up at the library a couple weeks ago sitting next to my bed. Now I had picked this book up while passing through and I recall saying to myself, “I don’t know why I am checking this out I probably won’t even get time to read it. I don’t know if I’ll even like it anyway.” For some reason, however, I still checked it out and took it home and there it had sat on my night stand ever since. Well I decided last minute to grab it and read it during the drive.
So I am going backwards, I’m going to give you my thoughts first then the book info.
My Take On It: I am so glad that I grabbed this little book! It truly warmed my heart. I came away remembering who Santa is and what he stands for and who he symbolizes and why. I read about the gifts that don’t cost money and can’t be bought at a store. I read this quick 100 page book in about 3 hours total. It’s written for grown-ups and children alike. Santa shares his favorite memories of Christmas and tells the stories of who he is and how he came to be that have been passed down over the centuries.
One of my favorite quotes from the book: “Sometimes grown-ups worry about whether they should tell their children about me. These parents mean well, of course, but they need to ask themselves if they have lost their child’s heart. I come to add to the wonder , delight, and joy of the Christmas season. Children who believe in me are not hurt by that belief. On the contrary! Children who believe in me often have more joy and wonder all their lives long. They become people who celebrate Christmas all year round.”
I love Christmas and am a collector of Christmas books, this is one that I need for my collection! Check out the info below. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
The True Meaning of Christmas written by Santa Claus with the help of Mitch Finely
Published by Crossroad Publishing in September of 2008
Blurb: This story of Santa Claus in his own words will delight children and grown-ups everywhere. Filled with magical star-dusted anecdotes and Santa’s fond memories of the feast of light, this precious book is a reminder of the deeper meaning of Christmas and of the grandeur of those gifts that one can neither buy nor touch. Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, the story of the Grinch, a loving introduction to Mrs. Claus, and a retelling of the first crèche set up by St. Francis of Assisi are some of the delightful tales that radiate the spirit of wonder and kindness contained within these pages.