Book Title: Keeping Christmas Magic by Anna and Gunnar Counselman
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Release Date: August 2021
Content Rating: PG – It is a book about how to keep Christmas alive when your kids find out the truth about Santa.
Shhhh, don’t tell! Keeping Christmas Magic reveals the true story of Santa Claus, asking you to become a Christmas Magic-Keeper.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Keeping Christmas Magic is a great way to explain Santa Claus to children who are at the age when they’re questioning his existence. It explains that Santa lived a thousand years ago and made presents for local children but as the need for presents grew, he couldn’t keep up. Parents volunteered to help Santa which is how the tradition began.
The reader of this book is asked to sign to keep the secret of Christmas before finishing the book. Then they are asked to keep the Christmas Magic going and not to tell the secret to younger siblings. It’s a great idea with a good story and colorful illustrations.
My grandkids aren’t quite old enough for this book, but when they start asking questions, I’ll be ready!
About the Authors
Anna and Gunnar are the husband-and-wife team behind Keeping Christmas Magic. Anna immigrated from Russia at age 12 and began her American journey in Swampscott, MA, attending Boston University before moving out to California to pursue her entrepreneurial career which has culminated in her co-founding Upstart, an AI lending platform. A third-generation Marine, Gunnar grew up pretty much everywhere there’s a Marine base before going to Cornell for undergrad, deploying as a Human Intelligence Officer to Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Bosnia before attending Harvard for business school. Gunnar’s entrepreneurial career has focused in education software and services where he’s founded and invested in a handful of companies including his most recent company, Array. When their then-six-year-old son Tristan started asking hard questions about Santa, they didn’t have good answer. Wanting to keep Christmas as magical as possible for as long as possible they looked for a children’s book to help and when they couldn’t find one, they wrote it. Originally, the poem was just for Tristan and his baby sister Sasha, but some close friends convinced them to submit it for publishing and the more they worked on the story, the more they felt like it needed to be told. They hope that the book does for parents around the world, what’s it’s done for them, help make an otherwise difficult conversation a beautiful experience instead.
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