Media Reviews of The Secret of the Santa Box

Peanut Butter & Grace“Gently and beautifully answers a maturing child’s questions about the truthfulness of the story of Santa. But the Catholic faith shows us that the real joy of Christmas is Jesus’ birth itself and that the joy of the mystery of Christmas comes not from Santa but from everyone—and Jesus himself. Told in cheerful illustrations and rhymes, children will grow to understand that although Santa is not real, Jesus is, and his gifts are true and everlasting.”

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 and the good deeds we do for others.” Read the feature.

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:

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:

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: