Monday, 14 December 2009

How Santa came to be

I absolutely love Christmasfilms and at the last count I had nearly 130 with another 100 or so on my wish list. I also love to read Christmas books, but for some reason I never seem to find nice ones. Until a few years ago.

My sister and I were on holiday in Ireland in 2005 and we both love books. If we see a bookstore, however small, we will enter. And in this small bookshop in Clifden (Connemara, Co. Galway) we found a book. Nickolai of the North by Lucy Daniel Raby. It was a children's book, but it looked great and we both wanted it. There was just one slight problem though: they only had one copy! My sister came away with the book and I had to wait until after I had returned home and could order it online.

Now, I bet you have been wondering where Santa comes from. The flying reindeer, the elves, the delivery of the presents in one night? This book explains all. Where he grew up, how he lived his life and what happened to make him Santa. It's also a story of good and evil, a story of what will happen if our greed gets out of control, but most of all it's a story of love.

There are 25 chapters in the book, which would make it a perfect book to read to children: a chapter a day! It would be appropiate for children about 8 years and over (in my opinion), because of some scarier moments (or cliffhangers if you do read a chapter a day). But it's also perfect for adults, although I wonder if you will have more restraint than me in only reading one chapter a day. I've never been able to...


  1. can you republish in another five or six years? :)

  2. i must get it to read to hailey

  3. Sounds good. I don't read as often as I should but I do buy allot of books.

  4. @Anvilcloud: or you could buy it now and read it yourself...

  5. Thank you so much for visiting my Blog and telling me where to look for Blog backgrounds. I had never noticed the top left corner before. I have a lot to learn and with people like you that are so kind to help along the way, I thank you. This book sounds wonderful. I will have to check it out.
    Happy Holidays to you.

  6. Sounds great! Like a readable Advent calendar!

  7. I must have missed something - I always thought that Santa Clause we a corruption of the Dutch Saint Nicolas, a version of and old saint from Myra?

    And all the time he was Irish :-)


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