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Does your family struggle with connecting the religious meaning of Christmas with commercialism of Santa Claus and gift giving?
Do your children think that celebrating the gifts received from Santa Claus is more important than celebrating the birth of Jesus?
Do you wish there was a way to keep Jesus as the center of the Christmas holiday, but still include Santa Claus in your celebration?
Yes? Then The Gift Giver by first time authors Jacob Haslem and Nick Allen may be the perfect solution for you and your family!
The Gift Giver is the unique story of how Santa Claus came to be, why he delivers presents on Christmas Eve and how this is all linked to the birth of Jesus.
It is a touching story that seeks to remove the commercialism from the holiday and gives religious meaning to many aspects of Christmas that we typically think of as secular, such as Santa Claus, candles in the windows and Santa’s red coat. It reminds the reader of what Christmas is really all about and how we can continue the work of the original gift giver, God.
The illustrations in the book are beautiful and vivid (my photos do not do them justice!) and do a wonderful job of supporting the authors’ narrative. They transport the reader to another time and place and accurately capture the joy and wonder of Christmas in the children’s faces.
My husband and I both read The Gift Giver and agreed that reading it to our children each Christmas Eve will be a new tradition that we will begin this year. As our children have gotten older, we’ve purposely tried to scale back the number of gifts that our children receive and place more focus on why we really celebrate the holiday. It has been difficult at times for our children to understand this. I’m grateful that The Gift Giver will help us tie it all together and look forward to the start of a new family tradition!
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