Saturday, December 25, 2010

Book Review: The Christmas Chronicles by Tim Slover

The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa ClausDuring the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, as well as the feeling of wonder that we had as children.  As Christ came into the world to give us eternal life, He’s also given us blessings to enjoy every day. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)  And while I believe the mythology of Santa Claus has unfortunately eclipsed the reality of Christ’s birth in many people’s lives, I still believe there is much to be enjoyed and valued in this jolly character. 

Along with Advent devotional reading, Christmas novelettes are a great way to celebrate the season and capture the wonder of it all.  Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is always a great classic, and in recent years I’ve also enjoyed Kringle by Tony Abbott.  This year I discovered The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover.  It joins the many origin tales that have been written about this beloved figure.

After a short present-day prologue, the story begins in the 14th Century with Santa (or “Klaus” as he is termed here) as a young, red-haired man.  Tragedy strikes his village, and he begins anonymous gift giving to lift the spirits of downtrodden children.  A powerful villain enters the picture,  but a greater, sparkling and fanciful magic becomes a part of Klaus’ life as well.  His wife has a key role in this story, too—she is by no means in the background. Together they build a life that ultimately blesses the whole world, continuing on to this day.

The Christmas Chronicles was a delight to read, and an interesting take on Santa’s beginnings. The magic is cheery and bright, and the evil, while very real, doesn’t overpower the story.  With fast-turning pages that number at less than 200, The Christmas Chronicles could easily be read on a day off during the holidays.  It would also be a great choice to read a chapter a night when you tuck your children into bed.  This is certainly a fun little stocking stuffer for all those who want to rediscover the magic of days gone by.  Add it to your wish list to Santa today.

This title was provided by the Vine program.
No obligation other than an honest review was required.


  1. sounds like a fun read for the holidays :-) Happy New Year!

  2. Marie:

    Yes, it was a fun one. Happy New Year to you as well!




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