Sunday, December 1, 2013
Book Review - Heartfelt Letters From Santa #SteckSanta
About the Books
Little boys and girls all over the world traditionally leave milk and cookies for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, and some kids even write letters to the man in the big red suit, but what if he actually responded?
A proud mother of three, Veronica Steck is spreading the Christmas spirit with “Heartfelt Letters from Santa” new this 2013 holiday season. The two-book boxed gift set captures the magic of the cheery holiday and helps parents and relatives write letters to the kids in their lives on behalf of the big man in the red suit himself.
“Our children leave a letter for Santa every Christmas Eve, telling him to be safe, telling Santa where the cookies are, but mostly telling him they have been good (and to leave presents)” Steck says. “We then write a letter from Santa telling our children (through Santa’s eyes) how their year really went.”
Inspired by her family’s holiday tradition, Steck began writing “Heartfelt Letters from Santa” on Christmas Eve last year. She uses the letters to say things about her children’s’ behavior that year, pointing out areas they improved in, and ways they served others or acted in a humble way.
“We use the letters to motivate; we point out things we saw them do right, with the hopes of them doing more of the same in the next year,” Steck said. “We also point out areas we would like to see changes in (bickering with siblings, cleaning rooms, chores, better grades). We don’t just mention the big things; we bring up little acts of kindness and compassion they exhibited. We always try to mention things our children did not think we knew.”
“Heartfelt Letters from Santa” is an activity for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else who appreciates the value of encouraging children.
About the Author
Veronica Steck is a native Texan now living in Missouri. She is the devoted mother of three healthy, happy children, and is active in both church and her children’s schools. Veronica also partners with her husband in their financial advisory practice. Her greatest love is spending time with her family and attending the kids’ sporting events and activities. And, of course, writing letters on behalf of Santa to her children every year.
When she is not taking care of her family, attending school or church functions or ghostwriting for Santa, Veronica trains for and runs marathons – one of the few activities in which she consistently stays ahead of her family.
My Take on the Books
This was a great book set and group of activities for any child that allows you as a parent to help keep the spirit and magic of Christmas alive. I loved all of the different activities that children could follow to write to Santa and the great ideas that were shared on how to receive a response as well. I love how motivational the letters can be, and how they are tailored so specifically to the child themselves. All-in-all this was a great book for any family!
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