Families are beginning to shop for gifts for friends and family members. The Christmas season is fast approaching. Have your children ever wondered about what Santa might want for Christmas? David Wood’s “A Present for Santa Claus” is the perfect book to start your holiday reading with.
A little boy woke up one Christmas to find that Santa had brought him exactly the present that he wanted. Sam started to think about the fact that no one ever gives Santa a gift. Sam started to save his money during the following year to buy a gift for Santa. When Christmas rolled around the next year, Sam had no idea what to buy for Santa. Two weeks before Christmas Eve, Sam wrote a nice letter to Santa about giving him a gift, but did not know what Santa might like. Santa was so impressed with the kind letter from Sam that he invited Sam to ride with him on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts. They stopped at the North Pole for Sam to have the opportunity to meet the elves. This fun story gives your children a lesson in kindness. Sam’s kindness toward Santa resulted in a Christmas surprise.
“A Present for Santa” comes in a pop-up edition. The colorful illustrations by Dana Kubick makes this book very appealing to young children. There is a special pop-up surprise at the end. This Christmas book has an ISBN-13 of 9780763638580, and as published by Candlewick Press in 2008. It will kick off your holiday reading with a charming story.
Most families leave a plate of cookies and milk for Santa as a gift. Here’s an easy recipe for your children to make as their present for Santa this year. Preparing a recipe along with reading the story will add interest to reading. “Cook-the-book” with this recipe makes a special activity to accompany “A Present for Santa Claus”.
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips 2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp softened butter 1 Tbsp. dark corn syrup
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cups chopped walnuts
Directions: In a large microwave safe bowl, mix sugar, butter, water, and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stirring every 2 minutes, heat 6-8 minutes longer or until thickened and gold in color. Add vanilla and stir well. Pour mixture into 9X13 inch baking dish. Spread chocolate chips over hot toffee. Sprinkle with nuts. Cool completely and break into pieces.
Santa will love this as a gift. Merry Christmas!