Book Review

The Story of Santa Claus*

*I was given a few ecopy of this book from Net Galley in return for a honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are mine and are not a reflection of the authors or publisher.

Title: The Story of Santa Claus

Publisher: Osprey

Release Date: September 20th, 2014

Pages: 80

Generes: Holiday, Religious, Children, Historical


Source: Goodreads How cute is this cover? I love it!
Source: Goodreads

Short and sweet, a great stocking stuffer for the person who still believes in magic. Plus. The most magic part of this book is that part of the profits made from this book will go to helping disadvantaged children throughout the world.

This really brought the story and legend of Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus to life to vividly it will leave you wondering why Hollywood hasn’t made a movie out of his story yet.

I learned so much from this book, I can’t believe I haven’t heard any of this before! It begins with the story of Saint Nicholas and the many stories of his good deeds, some of which you might recognize as making it into our holiday traditions. Such as why we leave presents in stockings.

And what many Americans may not know is that before people had a Santa at Christmas they celebrated Saint Nicholas day on December 6th, which is they say he passed away. (He was a very popular figure all through the Roman Empire and through the centuries in Europe. Many churches were decimated to him and it was even said that his bones exuded myrr.) Saint Nicholas day started in the Middle Ages and is when children began to receive presents probably beginning in France.

The also explains how Santa got some of his organs from Nordis legends as well, but I don’t want to spoil every thing for you so I’ll let you read about it.

The reformation stopped the belief of saints for Protestants and therefore poor Saint Nicholas couldn’t visit where he was beileved.

And with religious fighting came new scary characters. Children who were bad were taken by Krampus, a demon who either ate children or took them to hell. And Nicholas couldn’t help them because they had been so naughty. If they were just a little naughty he would just switch them a branch he carried around. There are also other monsters as that you will read about in the book as well that are also terrifying.

After the reformation in some countries Saint Nicholas became Father Christmas and came on Christmas instead of dec. 6 to help stop the fighting between religions.

There are so many new fun facts to learn from this books as well, you’ll be surprised at how much not known about one of the most famous characters in the world. You can find out where the name Kris Kringle originated, how Santa Cluas got his name from the Dutch, and how Washington Irving has a part in Santa Claus?? Yep, the same man who wrote Sleepy Hollow. 🙂

This is a great book for adults and child alike to bring the magic of Santa clause to life for holidays. It will make even the most skeptical adult believe in him.

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