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The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  460 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
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 Cla
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nov 09, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
"The Christmas Chronicles" is a wonderful story about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, I am so excited for the holiday season to arrive.

Slover's story begins in 1343, when tan orphan named Klaus is adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with a gift for making toys. This story will become a Christmas classic!

I loved this book. It is the most delightful Christmas book I have read and I read at least one eac
Dec 04, 2014 leslye rated it really liked it
This was a cute Christmas book that re-imagines the biography of Santa Claus.

It all starts in the Black Forest in 1343 when infant Klaus is orphaned and then adopted by a craftsman's guild. The boy grows to become a master woodworker with a big laugh and a gift for making toys. The delightful Anna enters his life, on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher, and soon becomes his wife. Klaus' rival, the envious Rolf is a second rate carpenter who will stop at nothing to destroy Klaus. But in the e
Feb 11, 2015 Alysia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
First let me say…what a delightful little book!
I really liked this story about Santa Claus and where the legend came from. The legend of Santa Claus had to start somewhere and like all legends they start with humble and simple beginnings. Klaus (with a K) was the best carpenter in his little village and decided the make small toys for the children in his village after the Black Plague killed so many of the children’s families in 1343. Klaus just wanted to spread a little bit of happiness. Simp
Sep 22, 2010 Eden rated it it was amazing
Baby Klaus was orphaned when both of his parents died of the Black Death. But, a craftsmen's guild took him in. Klaus as he grew up, watched and learned from these woodworkers and Klaus himself became a master woodworker.
Klaus has a great laugh and is a very talented toy maker. Klaus began making toys for all the children in his village for each Christmas and each year, the list of children who got toys grew.
Klaus meets Anna - who has a sleigh and a reindeer named Dasher. Klaus and Anna marry.
Inspired Kathy
Jan 13, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
If you are looking for a book that tells you the "truth" about Santa Claus this is it. How does Santa really deliver all the gifts on Christmas Eve? How did Santa & Mrs. Claus meet? Can reindeer really fly? Does Rudolph's nose really glow? All these and many more questions are answered in this sure to be holiday classic. Author Tim Slover has woven a wonderful Christmas tale that once and for all separates the fact from the fiction regarding Santa Claus. Learn how Santa Claus became the lege ...more
It's odd to read a Christmas book in January, but the over commercialization of Christmas (which attacks us earlier and more virulently each year) just sucked the pleasure out of the idea of such innocent tales in the midst of the shopping and begging frenzy.

That said, this book is so sweet that it's like mainlining candy for a week. And it's clearly "Christian fiction", pushing as many of the non-secular Christmas traditions into the sway of Christianity as possible.

(And, no, I don't consider
Nov 20, 2010 April rated it really liked it
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 Clau ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Naleen rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, first-reads
Where do I begin? To start off with, I am not the intended audience for this book. I love christmas, but for all the wrong reasons. I will admit, I love the holiday for all the cheesy commercialization that it inspires. I like shopping for gifts, and I like being hit in the face with all the glittery decorations that the season brings about in stores and malls. I like hanging out with friends, drinking warm drinks spiced with various sorts of flavored liquors, playing games, exchanging gifts and ...more
Heather L
Sep 25, 2010 Heather L rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone,
Recommended to Heather L by: This was a FirstReads book.
This evening after dinner I dug out a Christmas CD (Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas") and curled up with this book and a cup of mint hot chocolate -- little did I know how appropriate that choice in flavors would be, as the healing and restorative powers of peppermint are woven throughout.

What an amazing story! I have only just finished this book, and can see reading it many times in the years to come. Heck, probably before the year is out! This is an enchanting story, sure to rekindle the Chris
Dec 29, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, free-book, 2010
I sometimes think Christmas stories are kind of lame. But I won this free from LibraryThing and it did look kind of interesting. If I understand it correctly, this story was an 8 part radio show at some point on I think the author is LDS.

I actually really enjoyed this fictional account of how Santa Claus came to be. I wasn't that fond of the opening and closing chapters, but the main section of the "green book" was really quite entertaining and I could picture reading it to my kids whe
Sep 27, 2010 Claudia rated it it was amazing
I just won this book from First Reads! Love to be reading about Christmas, my favorite time of the year. Only after a few pages of this book I was caught up in the story. While traveling to get fresh pine boughs for their festive Christmas. A man has a little problem out in the middle of no where. He try's to get cell phone reception and is startled by something shocking (but this is a Christmas story) After he calms down he finds a green leather book and realizes he has found the true story of ...more
Feb 14, 2011 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
THis would be a fun book to read a chapter of each night with your children during the holiday season. It explains how Santa came to be and the elves and reindeer and how he manages to get everything delivered in one night. It covers how Christmas list were started and how they get delivered and there is even a villain trying to eliminate the gift-giving and joy of Christmas.
I'd recommend it for something different and it could become a new classic for your family. Enjoy.
Tiffany Hickox
Mar 19, 2014 Tiffany Hickox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, 2010
This was one of the best Christmas stories I have read to date, and is a sure-fire classic! From Klaus' humble beginnings as an orphan to his remarkable gift of immortality, this book explains it all in a believable and spirited story that is just as good read curled up with a cup of a hot cocoa as it is read aloud to the whole family. The Christmas Chronicles is a read I plan on adding to my yearly Christmas traditions!
Dec 26, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
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Oct 30, 2010 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it
I won this book in a FirstReads contest. The book starts with the main character telling you how he happened upon the story of Santa Claus. He then proceeds to tell you the story itself. It is written in an easy to read format. The story itself is entertaining and keeps your interest. I read the book in one sitting and thought it was a great holiday book.
Dec 05, 2015 Lacey rated it really liked it
I've been having a hard time with the Holidays since I lost most of my family 1-2 years ago, and they haven't been the same but reading this gave me a little hope that not all things are bad or sad. I think I should try and get some holiday cookies made now, they always helped. Spread the word this book was good but some parts I felt I wanted to know more, like why didn't they have any children? Some will probably say the children of the world are their children but still... Why is Ranulf's Fur ...more
Susan Erhardt
Nov 16, 2010 Susan Erhardt rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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Nov 03, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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Laura Hartness
Sep 05, 2013 Laura Hartness rated it really liked it
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, as well as the feeling of wonder that we had as children. As Christ came into the world to give us eternal life, He's also given us blessings to enjoy every day. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows." (James 1:17) And while I believe the mythology of Santa Claus has unfortunately ecli ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Gmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered who Santa Claus really is or for that matter how he got his start? If so, you are among the many...if not get ready to start! Within the pages of this book, the answers to these questions and more are uncovered as we read a short biography of the big man in red. His story has much of the magic one would expect but much more hardship and subtle joys unanticipated. In the end the message is clear...and heartwarming to say the least.

I have to say that this one is definitely m
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
* This was an ARC that I won from GR Giveaways.*

The Christmas Chronicles is the biography of Santa Claus. I know. It can't really be a biography if the person isn't real. But that is the easiest way to describe it--it is the biography of the man, the myth and the legend that was once so vividly real to most of us at a young age.

Slover creates the timeline of our dear Kris Kringle with the details of Santa we all knew as a child (the reindeer, coming down the chimney, etc.) and the tidbits of "le
Jan 07, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it
I read Tim Slover's The Christmas Chronicles the week of Christmas and found it a charming and enticing tale, perfect for the holidays or any other time of year.

Most of us know the overall story of Santa Claus and if you are like me, you have watched every Christmas classic around. But author Tim Slover has taken a new and novel approach to how an orphaned child named Klaus would become a toymaker and distributor beloved by children and adults the world over. He seamlessly weaves numerous eleme
Oct 09, 2010 Karie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from the First Reads giveaway. I found a lot of the story to be quite charming as Slover reveals his own interpretation of how Christmas traditions were founded. The basic lesson of the story is to remember what Christmas is all about, goodwill and cheer, even in the most dismal of times and that love and truly believing can make anything possible. As a side note, I felt a strong Catholic theme throughout reading this story, Saints and Elevated Spirits , demons, etc. I am not sur ...more
The Christmas Chronicles gives a new twist to the Legend of Santa Claus that I admit is almost believable! It starts out a little more contemporary than I was expecting, but it was PERFECT! A man wants to cut down a Christmas tree, gets stuck in the snow, and happens upon something very magical--a glowing red talking reindeer pulling a small glowing person in a sleigh quickly through the forest up to a road that goes straight up, smells strongly of peppermint, and disappears once they reach it! ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing
A few weeks before Christmas, I happened to hear a few minutes of this book on Classical 89 (KBYU). I was so impressed and intrigued that I bought it - the radio drama version.

We listened to it on the way to Wyoming on Christmas day. Our car turned out to be the perfect setting to hear about Christmas magic in the Black Forest. We drove on snow-packed roads through the night, with no other cars in sight, past ice-frosted trees and deep mounds of snow. The occasional white rabbit that darted out
Dec 25, 2015 Jessie rated it liked it
This was a fun book because Scott read it out loud to me each night during the Christmas holidays. It has a fun premise -- of course the real story of Santa Claus. I think that my book group might enjoy this next year for our holiday book. Parts were more out there than I wanted, but most of it brought a smile.

We read this book again this year. I enjoyed it much more through this second time. I would give it 3 1/2 stars. It is a cute book that emphasizes that we need to have the Christmas spiri
Dec 29, 2010 Greg rated it liked it
What a delightful little tale of the “true” story of Saint Nicholas and the origins of Christmas! It surely put me in the proper frame of mind for the season, and occasionally gave me moments of pondering truths expressed in the story. For example, consider the following:

1. “Happiness is the result when the truth is spoken in love.” Reminds me of One who spoke another truth – “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

2. “Hundreds of years of simple gifts freely
Jul 21, 2011 Marcie rated it it was amazing
I hope that I will have a grandchild someday, and we will read this book together every Christmas. It will take all December -- we'll have to vary the accompanying treats (a peppermint stick, hot cocoa, or warm sugar cookies). We'll cuddle as I read aloud how it all began, how it developed with the help of Magic, how life's battle between Hope and Despair is constant. (And this is the true meaning behind Christmas: Hope.) And this child will take the presents tucked inside the story (sweet nugge ...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Dec 09, 2010 Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed
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
Jesse Booth
Dec 19, 2010 Jesse Booth rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Tim Slover came to my work for a book signing. My sister had previously added this book to her to-read list so when I heard the title announced over the PA, I had to go and check it out. After talking with Tim a little, I decided to purchase the book. He signed the front page, thanking me for telling him about "Goodreads." Hopefully he'll get on and become a goodreads author. He was a very nice guy. He impressed upon me that this tale was indeed the true story of Santa Claus.

All in all it was a
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