“A Christmas Holiday with the Clauses” Adds Modern Flair to Time-Honored Traditions
When it comes to Christmas holiday books for children, it can seem as though every storyline has been thoroughly explored and that there is nothing new under the tree. Anyone who has taken a stroll past the seasonal book display at their local library or bookstore knows that holiday books tend to fall into one of a few clichéd categories. It can be a challenge for an author to color outside the lines in order to produce an original story, while at the same time drawing from meaningful elements of traditional Christmas tales. A Christmas Holiday with the Clauses by Cheryl Kelley is a modern take on a holiday fantasy adventure. In it, a young boy goes on an out-of-this-world adventure to the North Pole and finds out that there’s a thin line between reality and imagination.
As Kris and his dad take off for the North Pole, Kris is excited and his dad remains skeptical, even as they reach their destination and are greeted by bright lights in an area where the map doesn’t indicate an airport. As the reader might expect, Kris’ dad is in for a life-changing experience that will transform his ideas about Santa, but the details of the story might surprise those who are familiar with only the traditional depiction of Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Kris and his father end up celebrating the holiday with Santa and his family, reveling in all the magic and love of the season. They get acquainted with everyone at the North Pole, including Santa’s eight famous reindeer. They have the time of their lives and go home with a new perspective on the Christmas season.
Cheryl Kelley graduated from American Sentinel University with a degree in Information Systems. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her leisure time is spent enjoying creating computer multimedia projects. She lives in South Carolina. When she wrote A Christmas Holiday with the Clauses, she wanted to give kids and adults alike the chance to let their imaginations run wild and be inspired to create a Christmas fantasy world of their own.