In How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, Jeff Guinn combines solid historical fact with glorious legend to deliver another heart-warming holiday book for the whole family. It's 1620 and Mrs. Claus's dear husband is off in the New World planting the seeds of what will become a glorious Christmas tradition. Meanwhile, Mrs. Claus has chosen to stay in England, where the first signs of a dangerous threat to Yuletide cheer are in evidence. The Puritans have gained control of Parliament and appear determined to take all the fun out of Christmas. But Mrs. Claus knows that it's time for serious action when, in 1647, a law is passed by Parliament that actually punishes anyone who celebrates Christmas. Using as its springboard the actual events of a day in 1647 when ten thousand peasants marched through the streets of Canterbury demanding their right to celebrate a beloved holiday, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas is rich in historical detail, adventure, and plain ol' Christmas fun.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Tarcher (first published 2005) Goodreads
The title of this book intrigued me - Mrs. Claus as the hero...hmmm, sounded interesting. I wished I had heard of it when I was still a classroom teacher. It would have made an excellent "read to" book for most intermediate grades. Admittedly, I'm not much of an historian, however I love reading about historical events in fiction format. I loved the storytelling by Mrs. Claus. The middle of the book got a tad slow and it took me longer to finish then I had intended. By the time I got to the last quarter, the pace picked up again. It was a gripping account of the 1647 peasant march through Canterbury. It was surprising to read how close the celebration of Christmas came to being banished - something I'd never considered. Ultimately the book reminded me of the importance of passing on Christmas traditions to our children and grandchildren. We must not take for granted the freedom we have to celebrate a faith based holiday. The blend of sacred with secular was nicely woven. Hooray for Mrs. Claus and the part she played in the liberation of Christmas!