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. You know , where you wrap up 25 books then unwrap them 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 this coming year is to get it down before Thanksgiving for the family we choose to adopt. I will buy another copy of this book to give them. I ‘m not giving up my copy .
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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. We aren’t here to talk about how to change that mentality. I will tell you that this book does a fantastic job of turning the focus back to Jesus.
Santa tells 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 tells the story of how he became Santa but gives all the credit to Jesus the entire time. The story weaves the story of Jesus and Santa together in such a way that children will look at 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.