The Gift Giver is one of those books that make me want to do the Advent countdown with books idea that is all over Pinterest. The one where you wrap up 25 books then unwrap them one at a time to count down to the 25th. I say every year that I’m going to try it. Yet, every year, I wait too late to find enough books to do it. My mission every year is to get it down before Thanksgiving for the family we choose to adopt. What I need to do is work on it all year so it gets done.
The story begins with a boy being disappointed that Santa is only leaving him three gifts . He feels that he’s been good enough this year that he deserves more. While that sentiment is certainly selfish and wreaks of entitlement, it’s a common and developmentally appropriate feeling among children who still believe in Santa. It’s important to recognize that it’s developmentally appropriate for you child to feel that way. They will certainly grow out of that mentality as they grow older and you continue to mold their character. This book does a fantastic job of turning the focus back to Jesus.
Santa recounts the story of the Gospel in a thought provoking way that vividly albeit gently reminds children that the holiday is not all about him. The story breathes life into the true Christmas story for small children or children trying to understand Santa and Jesus at the same time. Santa remembers how he became Santa but gives all the credit to Jesus the entire time. The book weaves the story of Jesus and Santa together in such a way that children will see them as being intertwined from beginning to end. The illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful. You will keep turning the page not only for the riveting story but to see the next illustration as well. This book is destined to become a treasured family heirloom.