Today I'm joining Elaine Kaye to celebrate her newest picture book, Sleigh Ride with a tale about my favorite holiday memory. (It can be about any winter holiday, but since I grew up celebrating Christmas, that's all I have to pull from.)
One memory about Christmas I have that I wouldn't say is a favorite memory, but it is one that makes me laugh. Every year, my siblings and I would get a call from Santa. He'd ask us what we wanted and would chat with us. As you can imagine, that was super exciting. Until we got older and wiser and figured out who was really calling. I remember getting the call and realizing it was my grandpa calling. Which I pointed out. When "Santa" disputed me, I insisted. No, this was Papa. I recognized his voice.
I have to wonder what went through my grandpa's (and parents) mind. Was he sad this innocent tradition was over since I was the youngest in the family? Compared to my siblings, was I faster or slower on figuring it out? I don't recall my siblings saying anything about Papa pretending to be Santa, so I figure Mom and Dad must have told them not to tell me. Unless I was the first to figure it out among my siblings. Maybe one day, I'll ask my parents those questions.
Do you have a memory to share about the holidays? After snagging Elaine's book, don't forget to hop around to the other participants below.
New Picture Book Release from Elaine Kaye:
On Christmas Eve, Gregory and Sammy get a special visitor—Santa Claus! Santa brings them on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world and to the North Pole. Bundle up and come along for the ride!
General Age Range - Kids 4-8 (Story Picture Book)
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About the Author
Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.
Find her online: Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram / Facebook
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