KEEPING CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Anna and Gunnar Counselman
Book Title: Keeping Christmas Magic by Anna and Gunnar Counselman
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Book
Release Date: August 2021
Content Rating: PG - It is a book about how to keep Christmas alive when your kids find out the truth about Santa.
Shhhh, don’t tell! Keeping Christmas Magic reveals the true story of Santa Claus, asking you to become a Christmas Magic-Keeper.
Christmas Magic Keepers
In our book, Keeping Christmas Magic, it asks children to sign a sort of contract, promising to keep the secret and thus join the ranks of Christmas Magic Keepers.
The first half of the book articulates all the ways that a kid could have gotten the word about Kris Kringle. It acknowledges the sadness that might accompany the newfound realization but then promises a hopeful and uplifting truth that is just as magical as flying reindeer and a jolly old man defying the laws of physics by squeezing through chimneys and travelling at light speed in a sleigh while consuming hundreds of millions of cookie bites in one night.
But the only way to learn that truth is to promise to “never tell anyone who doesn’t already know”.
We imagine kids, feeling sad to be having this conversation, suddenly intrigued, feeling like they’re going through a coming-of-age ritual as they sign on the line right next to their parents’ and grandparents’ signatures.
Once the kids have joined the secret society of Christmas Magic Keepers by signing their promise, the book goes on to tell of the man who first started bringing toys to kids at Christmas. But of how, after years of bringing joy to his neighbors, he became, like all of us will do, too old and too feeble to continue his life’s work. But the tradition he started didn’t die because parents and older brothers and sisters promised to continue his work. The book then explains a Christmas magic that the children can keep going.
You see, the magic of Christmas is one simple and powerful thing—love. That’s the magic. For the real Santa Claus so loved to see kids happy that he spent his life bringing them joy. And as long as that spirit of loving to see others happy survives, Santa can live forever through us. And it’s that part of Santa that parents tap into when they sign his name, drink his milk, take just one small bite of his cookies by the fireplace, and dutifully move the elf from shelf to shelf each night.
Every Christmas Eve, billions of children around the world go to bed dreaming that they’re on the nice list. And as they fall asleep, they can feel the magic. For that one moment, the whole world is blanketed by Santa’s love.
Because for a thousand years, generation after generation have been Keeping Christmas Magic.
Anna and Gunnar are the husband-and-wife team behind Keeping Christmas Magic. Anna immigrated from Russia at age 12 and began her American journey in Swampscott, MA, attending Boston University before moving out to California to pursue her entrepreneurial career which has culminated in her co-founding Upstart, an AI lending platform.
As parents, if we are lucky, that day is delayed but eventually it will come.
This book was written for a first child, hoping to answer some of the questions while keeping the magic of believing alive for all children.
The subject is handled gently, tactfully and without harsh detail.
For example, set Santa aside and think about the elves!
A definite answer is not given, but the background for Christmas traditions is explored.
At the end of the book, an assignment is given to make the questioning child take on a new role.
The book is beautifully illustrated to make sharing the story a delightful experience for both parent or guardian and child.
Nov 26 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 - Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 - @twilight_reader – book review