One of the best parts of the holiday season is the arrival of Santa Claus. Whether he’s refer to as Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or Saint Nicholas in your home, this jolly, old man in the bright red suit brings lots of joy to children around the world on Christmas morning. As a new mom, now is the perfect time to start your own family’s holiday traditions. To help guide you on your way, here is a sampling of some of the most popular Santa Claus themed books available on-line and in stores today.
This holiday Chronicle Books is offering a personalized version of Twas the Night Before Christmas that puts your child at the center of the story. This personalized version of Clement Clarke Moore’s historic poem is a timeless keepsake packed full of magic that warms your heart and sends children off to bed with wonder and hope. It gathers families around a book on what is for many the most magical night of the year. Customize the book with your child’s name, town, favorite pet, and more. Write a special dedication message, upload your holiday photo, and even include your child on Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list. While supplies last, each book will be accompanied by a special holiday gift – a punch-out snow globe for any special child to color and personalize with their name. Each book order will also come with a 25 percent off, plus free shipping, coupon for your next purchase from MyChronicleBooks.
Heartfelt Letters from Santa to You: A Christmas Keepsake that Grows More Precious with Every Passing Year by Veronica Christine Steck is a boxed set of two books to celebrate the festivities of Christmas. The first book is a step-by-step guide on how to write a personal letter to your child from Santa. With sample paragraphs highlighting good deeds and positive behavior, it’s a helpful guide for crafting a special note. The second book is a journal of blank pages to record these meaningful messages each year. This beautiful collection would make the ideal gift for a new mom in your life.
The Christmas ABC (Little Golden Book) by Florence Johnson (author) and Eloise Wilkin (illustrator) is a re-issue of the 1962 classic. For those driven by nostalgia, this book will revoke sweet memories of your own Christmas past. The colorful illustrations and familiar scenes of trees with tinsel, the opening of the gifts, and the babe in the manager make this holiday classic one of our favorites.
Baby Santa by M. Maitland DeLand, M.D. (author) and Phil Wilson (illustrator) is the first book in a delightful series about Christmas. When Santa and his elves accidentally leave off the nametags on all the children’s gifts, Santa’s son, Baby Santa, comes to his famous father’s aid to help save Christmas. This new holiday character will quickly become one of your child’s most treasured. Two additional titles, Baby Santa and the Lost Letters and Baby Santa’s Worldwide Christmas Adventure are also available now.
The Magical Tale of Santa Dust By Patricia Cardello (author) and Manuela Soriani is a new holiday tale that has garnered the Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence. To help Santa find their house, two small children enlist the help of a giggling elf and some magical Santa Dust to lead him along the way. Included with each book is a pouch of magical Santa Dust. This beautifully illustrated book is a holiday dream.
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Kat McGee and the School of Christmas Spirit by Rebecca Munsterer is the first book in the Kat McGee Adventure series. As a middle child, Kat doesn’t get much attention. When Kat learns that her grandmother when to school with the real Mrs. Claus, Kat finds herself heading on a magical adventure to the North Pole. This book also includes a chapter-by-chapter reading guide that is useful for upper elementary school kids, plus special holiday activities for families, too.
Another fun way to connect to the man in red is through ustyme (pronounced “us-time”) – a free video-call app for iPad that creates shared experiences through quality content, likebooks and games – announced today that it is now scheduling appointments to ustyme with Santa. From Dec. 21 – 23, a limited number of lucky children will get a special holiday gift – an ustyme video call with Santa, straight from his busy workshop in the North Pole. Through this service, children can speak directly with Santa, ask questions about the story, share what’s on their secret wish list for Christmas, ask Santa what his favorite cookies are or even find out if Rudolph’s nose is battery-operated. ustyme is free to download and use, and content starts at $.99.
It is easy to sign up for a free, live ustyme video call with Santa Claus from Dec. 21 – 23 by following three simple steps:
1. Download the free ustyme iPad app from the Apple App Store and create a user account.
2. Once you are logged in, invite Santa@ustyme.com to be your ustyme friend, by tapping the “add friend” icon in the app.
3. Santa’s Chief Elf will then be in touch via email to personally schedule your ustyme call with Santa. Limited dates and times are available from Saturday, Dec. 21 – Monday, Dec. 23, from 9 a.m. – noon PST and 1 – 5 p.m. PST.
When it’s time for your individual story time with Santa, make sure you’re logged into the ustyme app and the volume is turned up. Then, Santa’s Chief Elf will call you for your 10-minute ustyme video call and connect you directly with the man himself. For more information on the ustyme with Santa experience, please visit www.ustyme.com/santa.
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