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A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Title: A Boy Called Christmas

Author: Matt Haig

Genre: Christmas, Fantasy

Publisher: Canongate

Published: 1st November 2016

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Price: $14.99

Synopsis: You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.
It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.
If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you.
Because this book is FULL of impossible things.

Are you still reading?


Then let us begin . . .

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.


Have you ever wondered where the man we all call Santa or Father Christmas came from? How did his story begin? Sure, we’ve all seen movies that surround this story like The Santa Clause, where Scott Calvin becomes the new Santa, or others that include Santa at some stage in his life. There might be Santa origin story movies that I haven’t seen yet, but there is one that I have read.

Last year, or early this year, I managed to get my hands on the Christmas series by Matt Haig to read this December, as part of my Christmas reading. This is more than just an origin story – it is the story of Father Christmas as a boy, before he became the jolly man who visits those of us who celebrate Christmas. Back then, he was a boy called Nikolas, who lived in Finland with his father, and a life filled with stories about people disappearing when they head North.

When Nikolas’ father doesn’t return from a journey North, Nikolas sets out with a lonely reindeer called Blitzen, Miika, a lost mouse and the hope that he will find his father and be reunited with him. But Nikolas’ journey will take him somewhere he never thought possible – and into a world where hope, magic and the power of believing will change his life forever.

Christmas stories, especially ones revolving around the magic of Christmas, and Santa, are always lovely. This is the first in a series that I have started to read this year. This series captures the magic of Christmas and whilst there is some tragedy in Nikolas’ life, it propels the story along, and gives the characters their impetus to move towards the outcome, which evolves beautifully as this delightful take on the origin story of Santa moves forwards.

I laughed and cried, I felt Nikolas’ hope and despondency and his desire to bring hope to the world and be filled with joy. It is one of those special stories that brightens the world, especially in a year like 2020, and answers the question: what was Father Christmas like as a boy? It is a magical story to be treasured, to be read every Christmas, to be read out loud to kids or read quietly – whichever way you do it, the magic will still come to life.

Matt Haig has created a world that feels as real as the one that we all know, and that captures the magic and spirit of Christmas in a way that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, no matter what time of year you read these books. But I think I’ll be reading them at Christmas, and having a grand old time in my world of Christmas stories each year.

Onto the next book, The Girl Who Saved Christmas!

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