My ten year old is at the cusp of believing in Santa and not believing and I totally slipped up the other day. My 6 year old really wanted something from the store and I said, “Maybe we’ll put it in your stocking.” Whoops! Thankfully it went right over her head. However, my ten year old looked at me warily and said, “You mean Santa will?” Yep son, that’s exactly what I mean. But, he did join the other two in writing his letter to Santa this past week so maybe I’m in the clear? I’m not ready to have that talk just yet, but I know it’s coming, and I know I want him to continue to believe, not necessarily in Santa, but in Christmas magic.
Believing is not about whether Santa is an actual person or not. It’s believing that there is goodness in the world, believing that you can see it and you can create it and you can acknowledge it in those around you.
Lucy McConnell creates that sense of wonder in her Christmas series “Marrying Miss Kringle”.
Frost Kringle broke one of the North Pole’s rules the day she replied to a letter from Tannon Cebu; but, her Kringle-enhanced empathy wouldn’t allow her to walk away from the anguish in his words. What began as a disobedient impulse grew into friendship and eventually love.
When the Kringle’s discover Christmas Magic is dangerously off balance, Frost musters up the courage to meet Tannon in person with the hope that they can marry and save Christmas. While she’s away from her precious Letters Room, her secret is blown right open and she’s exiled. In order to make it home for Christmas, Frost has to bring Christmas cheer to those who need it most.
Tannon, is tired of the corporate grind and wants out. He’s decided to sell his paper mill and retire to a quiet corner where he can raise his son in peace. His announcement, right before the holidays, creates an uproar as employees wonder if they’ll have a job in the New Year. No one in town feels like celebrating and they have little hope of a happy holiday.
If Frost can get Tannon, and the town of Elderberry, to believe in Christmas once again, she’ll make it home and save Santa’s workshop from turning into a block of ice and ruining Christmas for children all over the world.
Not only does she create a wondrous Christmas setting, but it’s not just about reindeer, and Santa and fruit cake. Her stories weave in real world family dynamics that you can relate to. Heartbreaks that resonate and some times she even takes the thoughts right out of my head.
I loved the focus she’s had on parenting in these books. I can completely relate to reading parenting books and feeling like they can’t accurately help with my individual child and I’m feeling my way through a dark room.
Lucy McConnell not only tackled Christmas Magic and parenting, she wove in a discovery of who we are as individuals and who we are in relationship to our family. Both are necessary and valid things to discover.
The punishments from Christmas magic were clever and added a lightness to some of the heavier aspects of the story.
I loved how she had the letters speak to Frost about the children’s troubles and in turn she used the gifts to help kids feel noticed and loved. I don’t want to give my kids just another gadget to muck up our too small house, but I do want them to feel noticed and loved. Her story encompassed the sense of wonder at Christmas time. “I believe” are powerful words. Even past the Santa stage I want my children to believe in the magic of Christmas and the power it has to do good.