Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Gift Giver: Review & Giveaway

Christmas is just 10 short weeks away and have you thought of how you are going to celebrate the holidays with your kids and STILL teach them the true reason for Christmas? Jacob Haslem & Nick Allen have written a storybook for kids that teaches kids about Santa and HOW Santa would want us to celebrate Christmas....

The Gift Giver
by Jacob Haslem & Nick Allen
ISBN: 9781515273110
$14.95 (hardback)
$8.99 (kindle)

About the book:
The Gift Giver is a children's story book about the origins of the man we have come to know as Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve a boy stirs from sleep to find an old man in the living room, dressed in red, with a bagful of gifts. Excitement soon gives way to disappointment as he finds he has received fewer gifts than he expected. The old man sees the young boy's protest and tells the story of his origins and his motives. As the boy becomes privy to this mystery, a question comes to his mind: is it by magic that the old man accomplishes his task, or is it something else... The lesson he learns will change the way he views Christmas forever!

My thoughts:
I grew up in a family that had Santa in it's Christmas traditions and I was about 8 or so before I realized that he wasn't real. It was the year that dad remarried and I popped up one day in the truck and informed my new stepmom that I didn't think Santa was real. Of course she claimed that I knew he wasn't but I didn't and that was the end of that. Fast forward a couple years and siblings came along and they knew all along that Mom & Dad were Santa. They never had the fun and excitement of Santa & I've always felt bad for them.

Since then I've seen people who want nothing to do with Santa, who wholeheartedly embrace the tradition of Santa and those that straddle the line in between. I've always thought it would be nice to be able to have a tool to use with kids to help them understand WHO Santa was and WHY we include him in our traditions...

The Gift Giver is a perfect tool for that:

The Gift Giver would be ideal to add to your family traditions whether you add it to your Advent Activities, Church Library, Family Devotions, Homeschool or just read it when the kids pull it out - do be prepared for lots of discussions and questions from your kids. This is a very LONG story and may be harder for kids under 4 to comprehend what you are reading. You could try breaking it down and reading maybe a 1/3 of it at a time for the younger kiddos and then leaving time for them to think about what you've read and ask questions - older kids will focus on Santa and the emotions of the boy in the story.

Personally I found the book to be a bit emotional for me and I'm sure others will just shrug it off. We are a family & daycare that talks and breathes in Santa so I will need to make sure it's OK to read the book to the daycare kiddos before I read it to their kids so we'll see how much I pull it out...

Would you like to WIN a copy of this book for your family?
The authors are offering a copy of The Gift Giver to one of my very lucky readers. Since I am having to do the mailing this time I need to open it to US winners only (sorry about that). All entries must be for 18+ and located in the continental US! This giveaway will start Wednesday 10/21 and it will end at 12 am on Thursday 10/29. 

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Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of The Gift Giver in exchange for my honest opinion. No money exchanged hands and I was not required to have a positive review. The giveaway copy was provided by the authors but I will be mailing a care package to the winner of the giveaway. =D Thanks for reading GivingNSharing.

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  1. To me Christmas means spending time together with loved ones.

  2. To me, Christmas means cookies and hot chocolate and snow. Special ornaments on the tree. It means music and shopping and and presents, all of which are shared with the people you love.

  3. To me, Christmas means counting my blessings. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.

  4. To me, Christmas means being with family, Christmas music and decorations, love and the birth of Jesus

  5. I believe Christmas is a time of year to be with the ones you love.

  6. Christmas mean Love, Joy, Peace... Family time and friends time... Christmas means a time to give thanks to God for the greatest gift...

  7. I think it's spending time with family and friends.


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