The Gift Giver Review

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. But as always, despite being a sponsored post, my thoughts are true and 100 percent mine. 

I know it’s only October, but Christmas will be here before you know it. And advent even sooner than that.

We have a pretty awesome Advent calendar here in the Brander household. My mother-in-law made it for us.

Custom made advent calendar

And along with this Advent calendar, for every day, we read a Christmas book. Dominic unwraps it before bed and we add the number to the calendar. This is a tradition that everyone in our house enjoys. And so I’m excited to bring you this new Christmas book, The Gift Giver

The Gift Giver Book

The Gift Giver was written by Jacob Haslem and Nick Allen, with gorgeous illustrations by Elissa Weaver. From Amazon, “On Christmas Eve a boy stirs from sleep to find an old man, in the living room, dressed in red with a bag full of gifts. Excitement soon gives way to disappointment as he finds he has received fewer gifts than 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! If you are a fan of The Polar Express, and T’was the Night Before Christmas, you will love The Gift Giver.”

After this book arrived, I sat down and read it with Dominic. Full disclosure, we don’t actually do Santa in our house. But many people around us do and we don’t pretend he doesn’t exist. But what this book does is explain the Santa tradition (as well as a few other traditions) and connect it back to the real reason for the season: Jesus. I found this book a great way to explain about Santa in a way that will give me words to explain to Dominic why other people do Santa while still being respectful. I would definitely recommend this to other Christian families who are looking to explain that or even those who do Santa themselves, to connect this tradition back to our Savior. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars. It is an excellent book, but when I asked Dominic for his feedback when we finished reading, he told me it was long. I have to agree with him that it is a bit long, but none of the space is wasted, plus the illustrations are beautiful. Despite saying it was long, he still sat for the whole story and for a child who is older than three, I bet it wouldn’t seem as long. I’m looking forward to adding this book to our Christmas tradition!

You can find The Gift Giver on Amazon and GoodreadsDoes The Gift Giver sound like a book that you and your family would enjoy? 

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