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It's Not About You, Mr. Santa Claus
A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Christmas
The Love Letters Book Series/ Morgan James Kids
Soraya Diase Coffelt
Illustrated by Tea Seroya

Morgan James Publishing
November 4, 2014 / ISBN 978-1630472610
Children ages 5-10 / Christian related / Holiday: Christmas

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


It's Not About You, Mr. Santa Claus is a charming and delightful illustrated children's book that tells the story of Christmas from a child's standpoint - in a letter to Santa Claus. The child writes that he realizes the true meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with Santa, but rather it's about a very special gift: the birth of Jesus. The author does a fantastic job of explaining the events surrounding the birth, including the census ordered by Caesar Augustus, Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem, placing Jesus in the manger (the wooden box where food for the animals is kept), the appearance of the angel to the shepherds announcing Jesus birth, the arrival of the Magi, and the secretive departure of the Magi so that King Herod would not find baby Jesus. Interspersed in the narration is the child's letter to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, with the added note that, like the Magi's gifts to Jesus, every gift given to a child is as if we are honoring Jesus. Christmas is, in short, a celebration of His birth.

Soraya Diase Coffelt has written an excellent and easily understood explanation of the true meaning of Christmas that children 5 to 10 years old will enjoy and cherish. The illustrations by Tea Seroya are whimsical and excellently rendered, the story is captivating and will keep any child's attention. The author has done an excellent job of explaining Christmas in terms that all young children can understand, treasure and love.

Reviewer's Notes: Soraya Diase Coffelt is a lawyer and lay children's minister, and established the non-profit corporation, As the Stars of the Sky Foundation, Inc., to assist the physical and spiritual needs of children. All profits from the sale of her books go toward the foundation.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2015