The Best/Worst Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson
published by HarperCollins in 1972
winner of the Young Hoosier Book Award (amongst other awards…)
- Hilariously funny middle grade fiction-
- Who doesn’t like to read about naughty children and their escapades….this book will make you giggle
- The family of hooligans in the neighbourhood overruns the community production of the Nativity play- causing mayhem in the Sunday School classroom- surprising lessons are learnt whilst patience is tested
- Highly Recommended
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Hans Christian Andersen
illustrated by Fred Marcellino
published by Harper Collins Publishers in 1992
- magical fairy tale fantasy- a romantic story- with gorgeous illustrations
- A tin soldier- who only has one leg- faces many trials and goes through an incredible journey- in the end his true love rescues him
This is not strictly a Christmas story- but it is one of my all time favourite picture books.
Is there a Santa Claus?
A Little Girl’s Question Answered
America’s Christmas Classic
Decorations by August Kaiser
Published by Laughing Elephant Books in 1999
Not a traditional book either- this is a small paper back which contains the famous response from the New York Sun newspaper editorial written by Dr. Philip O’Hanlon on September 21, 1897.
The column was written to Virginia – the daughter of the writer when she was only 8 years old in response to her question to her father- enquiring whether Santa Claus really existed.
The reply has been sensationalised through retelling in film , Prancer (1989), television- the Santa Claus Story, and a yearly retelling at Columbia College of Columbia University- New York’s Christmas Yule log church service…
“Yes, Virginia, there is (a)…” has become an idiomatic expression to insist that something is true
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.