I read Tim Slover’s The Christmas Chronicles the week of Christmas and found it a charming and enticing tale, perfect for the holidays or any other time of year.
Most of us know the overall story of Santa Claus and if you are like me, you have watched every Christmas classic around. But author Tim Slover has taken a new and novel approach to how an orphaned child named Klaus would become a toymaker and distributor beloved by children and adults the world over. He seamlessly weaves numerous elements of Santa into his work, including Santa’s infamous red suit, his jolliness, the elves, the North Pole, the reindeer and even his “stand-ins” working at your local mall, having their photos taken and asking children what they want for Christmas. One of my favorites was the explanation of how Santa manages to visit every child in the world in one night — the explanation was completely believable (in the magical Santa sense) and I was utterly delighted by it.
I quickly and easily read The Christmas Chronicles in one sitting, and the book left me feeling warm and satisfied and wanting to curl up next to a roaring fire with a mug of hot cocoa. The Christmas Chronicles is a “small” book, only coming in at 176 pages, but each of those pages is very well spent and will enchant you. It’s a perfect read for adults or for children and would be a marvelous addition to any family’s library, creating a fantastic holiday tradition.
So grab yourself a mug of hot cocoa, curl up by the fire with your child or significant other and share in the joy of Santa Claus and the holiday season.