The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus

The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus

by Tim Slover
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The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover

In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season.
Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.

It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.

Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.

By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553908008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tim Slover is a writer and professor of theater at the University of Utah. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and in theaters throughout the United States and in London, where he spends part of each year. His wife, usefully, is a marriage and family therapist, and their two sons were the original audience for The Christmas Chronicles. For the purposes of yuletide decorating, each Christmas, Slover continues to cut a few pine boughs at an undisclosed location.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
"The Christmas Chronicles" is the story of Santa Claus... and how he came to actually be Santa Claus. It's told in the most magical of ways, which really draws the reader in. I have to say, I did quite enjoy the first part of the book. It flew by! But, I think, when it got closer to the end, there were a couple things that left me unsettled. One was the untimely death of a dear character! Alas, I won't mourn over that. The thing that really had me scratching my head was that Klaus's enemy "Rolf Eckhof" later becomes a "demon", and is referred to as such many times. I didn't quite understand why such an ugly word had to be used in such a whimsical book. This is what degraded the entire story, in my opinion. On the whole, however, I did rather enjoy this imaginary read. Fun prevailed as I read chapter after chapter. If you enjoy a good Santa book, you'd probably like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Chronicles, written by Tim Slover is a wonderful story of the one and only, Santa Klaus (Claus). I've already read this book twice (once last year, and once this year) and I still find it to be a GREAT read. The story begins when Klaus is a young man, it explains a lot of the answers you've always asked yourself, like how he met Mrs. Klaus, how he met the flying reindeer, and the how he met the elfs. Now, I will say this story is a bit different from what I expected, for instance, the way Klaus meets the elfs (I won't say anything, because that would ruin the surprise). But I still think Tim Slover wrote this book VERY Well. I really enjoyed it. It gets you ready for the Christmas season. Anyway, what I mean to say is, this book is Great, it is different, but I think you'll like a lot and even read it every Christmas. Thank you so much for writing this book Tim Slover, I really enjoyed it. Merry Christmas!!!
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peacehouse More than 1 year ago
What to my wondering eyes should appear, but another new story about Santa and reindeer! Yes, Tim Slover has embarked on a retelling of one of the great Christmas themes, the true meaning of the gift giving which is woven into the Christmas holiday. This is a well written story. The narration is told by two voices which increased the interest of this reader. I was intrigued by the challenge to separate St. Nicholas from Santa Claus. From a "true history" perspective this was indeed a truth at the onset but also every bit a storytellers yarn. The story starts in a contemporary American home, with the ideal family; mom, dad and two children. Slover references Christian traditions of preparing for the holidays with an Advent wreath. The mere fact that Christian traditions were referenced in the opening chapter put my mind at rest as I settled in to enjoy this story. The magic of the story is that Slover places our saintly gift giver's origins as a survivor of the Black plague. The vicissitudes of life, death, survival, responding with a helping hand in the midst of great disaster, building community through honest work and extraordinary concern for others are all woven into this delightful story. Theologically minded folks will be glad to see how Slover has dealt with the problem of evil. Evil is not overlooked in this new Legend of Santa Claus, rather, just as the feast of Holy Innocents is tucked into the twelve days of Christmas in the Christian calendar, the problem of human sin is brought right into the story. The only complaint I would make in Slover's rendition is the backhanded disrespect toward the church in the person of Fr. Goswin. All in all this book is a fine addition to the genre of Christmas stories. About the reviewer: She is a former pastor of a church in rural Idaho, and presently serving as Outreach coordinator for St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. She holds a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology.
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Robynbirdnest More than 1 year ago
This delightfully entertaining novel will make the hardest heart melt with the warmth of Christmas. It is a wonderful start for every Christmas season. May not be suitable for younger children who still believe in Santa, but anyone over 10 or 12 will smile through every page. I ordered a copy for all my children and their families. A fantasy of the highest caliber. I will read it every year, just before Christmas...
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jewelknits More than 1 year ago
The book starts out with a narrator full of the Christmas spirit whose family is not too keen to join him in going into the woods to pick pine boughs, so he sets off on his own. After going further up the wooded road than he has ever been able to go (as it's not full of snow as it usually is), his car ends up rather stuck. With no cell phone reception, he decides to get the boughs, then walk down the road until he is able to telephone for help. As he is going through the woods, he hears bells and sees a road open before him that he had never seen before. Suddenly, a crimson-red reindeer appears driving an old-fashioned sleigh. The rider and sleigh appear to be in a hurry, and as they make a sudden turn onto the road, a book falls to the ground and the road suddenly disappears. While the narrator is pondering, a physical gray cloud full of despair suddenly overwhelms him and seems to howl in frustration at the area where the road USED to be. Once the cloud leaves, and the narrator is able to shake off the bleakness engendered in him by it's arrival, he picks up the book and walks back to his car, which is now no longer stuck, facing the correct way on the road, and has a trunkload of fresh pine boughs packaged and bundled in the trunk. That is the prelude, which is rather good. The green book is the history of Santa Claus, as written by the official Court Historian of Castle Noel. In this magical book, you will learn so much about Santa Claus that you will wonder why no one ever told you his real story. Klaus, orphaned by the Black Death of 1343, was adopted by the Worshipful Guild of Foresters, Carpenters, and Woodworkers, where he became a Master at a tender young age, earning the jealousy and ire of Rolf Eckhof, whose own talents are minimal at best (he will NEVER be a Master). His own hand-carved toys, blessed by the local priest, begin the Santa tradition. You will found out how the false notion of naughty behavior being a cause to receive no presents began, and why toys are delivered through chimneys (as well as the real method of delivery, which is also magical). I found out that elves is a shortened name for Elevated Spirits, and that the Green Council (who appointed Klaus to Castle Noel), although made of saints, squabble with each other over minor details. Anna, Klaus's wife, adds such a lovely breath of romance to the story. She is a surprisingly marvelous, well-drawn addition, with her own strong character and her ingenuous plans for nabbing her man. Rolf and his vengeful plots add exactly the right amount of intrigue and suspense, and each time he causes trouble, you just want to slap him in the head (not that I'm an advocate of violence, but he deserves it .. read it and you will see). This is a book that is going on my keeper shelf. Right now, I am re-reading it with Bebe Boy James (a bit each evening until Christmas), and he is enjoying it too. QUOTES (may differ slightly from the finished version, as these are from an ARC): Look. I'm going to be revealing so many wonders over the course of this account that you might just as well get used to contemplating them. I've had to. So I shall stop hesitating and trying to prepare you for the incredible. I'll just assume you're keeping up. A great longing suddenly grew up in him to rest, to sell his tools and move with Anna into the retirement house next door and spend his days holding her hand in the sun.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (THE LEGEND OF SANTA CLAUS) by Tim Slover is an inspirational Christmas contemporary fiction. It is told as a narrative, is well written with depth and details.This is this author's debut novel. It has legend, myth,destiny,envy, magic, committment, faith, adventature,good vs evil, a love story and is destined to be a holiday favorite. It is inspiring and heartwarming.It starts with the finding of THE GREEN BOOK, which is apparently the biography or a history of Santa Claus.Then we see the story entailed in THE GREEN BOOK. What an adventure is book will tell. This is an enduring story set in 1343. It tell the story of Klaus(Santa),his lovely wife, Anna, Dasher, the reindeer and how it all came together to become the story of Santa Claus. If you enjoy magic, love, and the Christmas spirit you will enjoy this one. This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Bantam Books, am imprint of The Random House Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.