Saturday, December 3, 2011

Helping Santa

We spent the weekend in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and boy do they have the Christmas spirit there!  They also make a mean gingerbread pancake over at Billy's Diner (yum!)

Upon our return, I did a ton of neglected dishes and discovered two awesome books that I am excited to check out:

The first is called "Helping Santa: My First Christmas Adventure with Grandma".  It looks like the book just came out Fall 2011 and you can purchase it here or here.   Here is the write-up about the story from the publishers website:

"Grandmas are wise beyond their years and often give us memories to cherish for the rest of our lives. Helping Santa: My First Christmas Adventure With Grandma is the story of one of those enchanting moments.

Told there is no Santa by his older sister, the narrator recalls rushing off to consult with his Grandma who, he was sure, “would be straight with him.”  After roundly and immediately declaring the idea that Santa might not exist to be wholly and absolutely “ridiculous”, she challenges him to become one of Santa’s helpers, and suggests he buy and deliver a gift to someone who really needs it. Thus he learns, as the adventure unfolds, the true meaning of Christmas and what Santa Claus is really all about.

Their adventure, in which a gift is found, a needy recipient located and the good deed accomplished by our hero and his Grandma, is brought to life by Bert Dodson‘s wonderful watercolors capturing all the charm and warmth that the story holds

This popular and for many now a traditional Christmas story exists on the internet and has no author that can be traced to date.

One Warm Coat
One Warm Coat
However, not knowing who first told this tale does not lessen the message, which fully encompasses the spirit of Christmas and reassures us that we never have to stop believing in Santa Claus. In the spirit of this belief, we have chosen to contribute to a nationwide organization whose mission is that everyone who needs a warm coat can get one in his or her hometown, easily, free of charge. We will be giving a percentage of the monies earned from the sale of this book to One Warm Coat"

Red Suit Diaries, The: A Real-Life Santa on Hopes, Dreams, and Childlike Faith

The second is "The Red Suit Diaries" by Ed Butchart.  "Tom Brokaw said it best about the author: This Santa "can only be described as the real thing." With warmth, humor, and wonder, Ed Butchart shares his stories as a professional Santa Claus in The Red Suit Diaries. Deftly combining his Santa persona with his passion for God, Butchart reveals himself as a once-hardened Marine who found Jesus and began to serve others in unusual ways. Readers who open The Red Suit Diaries will find themselves transfixed-from Santa's day job refurbishing medical equipment for the disabled, to the sweetest of secrets whispered in Santa's ear and written in letters, and the story of how he unknowingly found "Mrs. Claus." Woven throughout is a faith-and a joy of giving-that energizes Butchart's mission to spread love to all kinds of children and adults. This fun-spirited, inspirational read will delight collectors of Christmas books and anyone who's a child at heart."

Hi, my name is Jocelyn, and I am a Christmas book addict.

PS - I may or may not have picked up two OTHER Christmasy books while in Bethlehem, in addition to the ones that I just told you about here....

Christmas Around the World Coloring Book (Dover Holiday Coloring Book)    Snowflakes: Creative Paper Cutouts


  1. just tell me you now own that lovely piece at the top of your blog.....the cut out whatever. Amazing!

  2. Yay! One of my favorite Christmas stories is called the Littlest Shepherd. We read it every year!

  3. Ohhh, I like the sound of that Grandma one!