Parents: If it is time to tell your child the truth about Santa Claus in a positive way, this is the book for you!
Children the world over have been enchanted and captivated by the charismatic being known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, St. Nick, Sinterklaas, and Papá Noel. But eventually, they begin to ponder just how, with the help of flying reindeer, he can deliver presents to boys and girls all around the world in only one single night. And how does he fit down chimneys? And visit houses where there are no chimneys?
As the questions begin to multiply, THE SECRET OF THE SANTA BOX helps parents guide their child from an innocent belief in the fanciful realism of Santa Claus to an empowered understanding of charity, love, and goodwill, and the true meaning of the celebration of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.
THE SECRET OF THE SANTA BOX by Christopher Fenoglio and illustrated by Elena Makansi, is a delightful story written in the same lyrical style as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This colorful book helps parents navigate the difficult terrain of moving from Santa Claus to the Manger in a loving and empowering way. It is a natural transition for children who have outgrown the “Elf on a Shelf” and are ready to move forward to the real meaning of Christmas.
The Secret of the Santa Box
Hardcover, 32 pages, 10 x 8 inches
Retail price: $16.95
Available at your neighborhood bookstore or order online from:
Publisher: Treehouse Publishing Group
U.S. Distributor: Midpoint Trade Books
Bookstores: Order today from Midpoint, Ingram, Spring Arbor, Baker & Taylor!
European Distributor: Gazelle Book Services
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The Deseret News: “The family in Fenoglio’s story comes to understand that everyone has a role to play as Santa, reflecting the goodness, generosity, and mercy of God.” Read “Should Christians celebrate Santa Claus?” The Deseret News also syndicated the article to six papers, including:
- Herald Times Online (Bloomington, Ind.)
- The Effingham Herald (Effingham, Georgia)
- Aberdeen News (Aberdeen, So. Dakota)
GateHouse Media Publications: GateHouse continued the syndication by sending the article, now titled “How Santa can be part of a Christian celebration of Christmas,” plus photos from the Fenoglio home, to publications and websites in 540 markets across 36 states, including:
- Winchester Star (Lexington, Mass.)
- Oakridger (Oak Ridge, Tenn.)
- Rockford Register Star (Rockford, Ill.)
- Morton Times-News (Morton, Ill.)
- Northwest Florida News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.)
Humanities Tennessee: “Celebrates wonder, the thrill of hope, giving, and God’s goodness in beautifully crafted verse that, like a great song, can’t help getting stuck in your head.” Read the full quote at Chapter 16.
Catholic News Service: “A needed book for curious children ready to move past the secular stories of Christmas.” Read the entire review in one of these newspapers:
CatholicMom.com: “Offers a beautiful way to teach children how to participate in the magic of Christmas giving in a new way.” Read the review.
The Observer: “Diocese native shares Santa’s secret in new kids’ book.” Read the announcement.
The Tennessee Register: “Helps parents transition their children to a more mature understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.” Read the feature.
The Tennessean: “I see parents as being ministers; teaching about God’s love and about the value of living a good life.” Read the article.
Notre Dame Magazine: “Helps parents navigate the troubling terrain of moving from Santa Claus to the manger in a loving and empowering way.” Read more in the 1980 Class Notes.
The United Methodist Church: “As Santa Claus, we spread the spirit of Christmas through our gifts, our decorations, and the good deeds we do for others.” Read the feature.
We had wonderful events these fine bookstores across the country. Visit these stores in person to find an autographed copy of THE SECRET OF THE SANTA BOX.
- Rockford, Barnes & Noble / CherryVale Mall
What readers say about The Secret of the Santa Box…
“Fresh, funny, original and perfect for girls and boys everywhere.” – Adriana Trigiani (Kiss Carlo, Brava Valentine, Big Stone Gap)
“I believe it will become a cherished part of your family’s Christmas traditions!” – Lisa Hendey (CatholicMom.com)
“This tender, sweet poem captures the essence of Christmas.” – Julie Cragon (Bless My Child, Jesus at My Side, Talking to God)
Every year, young children around the world await the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. In the same house are parents who wonder if this is the year their child begins to question the magical nature of Santa Claus.
Like a sleigh pulled by reindeer that power its flight
And that Santa Claus visits each house in one night
Where he fills all the stockings of good girls and boys
With delicious confections and marvelous toys.
There are numerous names for this jolly old elf:
Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, Santa himself.
But the truth about Santa is more than his name;
There’s an actual person who’s rarely the same.
About the Author
Christopher Fenoglio has served the Christian publishing industry through positions with The Tennessee Register (Nashville’s diocesan newspaper), CCM Magazine, The CCM Update, and UMC.org, the denominational website for The United Methodist Church.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fenoglio garnered First Place Awards from the Catholic Press Association for his Reel Life Journeys columns. A writer and editor by trade, he especially enjoys his ministry as a cantor and music minister for St. Henry Church in Nashville. He and his wife Linda have three grown children and one lovely, inquisitive granddaughter.
He still has the original props he used to tell his children about Santa Claus.
About the Illustrator
Elena K. Makansi graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in Environmental Studies. She is a writer, artist, and vegan/vegetarian cook. She is part of the K. Makansi trio of writers of THE SEEDS TRILOGY (currently optioned for film by an award-winning independent production company), and is currently working on her first solo novel, LUNA AND THE MIDNIGHT CAFE. She blogs and runs a Facebook page about vegetables and cooking and works part-time for an organization promoting farmers markets and local artisans. She has worked on illustrations for several non-fiction titles and has designed many book covers. THE SECRET OF THE SANTA BOX is her first children’s picture book. Visit her website.