The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus, by Tim Slover
In this new origin tale of the man we know as Santa Claus, the narrative is told in a unique way. And the history begins in 1343 when young Klaus is orphaned during a wave of the Black Death. Raised to be a carpenter, Klaus was extremely gifted and had a genial demeanor with a penchant for helping others. But when he begins a tradition of making and delivering toys to the town’s children on Christmas Eve, a fellow carpenter Rolf Eckhof becomes filled with envy and malice.
This is an extremely charming and heart-warming tale. My only complaint was that it was too short! It was a quick read that can be consumed in less than a couple hours. The narrative is beautiful and inspiring. I can’t recommend this book enough to those who love Christmas, the spirit of giving, and of course Santa. The story is fast-paced, full of adventure, wonder, magic, charity, humor, and goodness. It’s wonderful tale for all ages, perfect for this holiday season.