As the holidays approach, many children inevitably face the questions and disappointments that come from the first Christmas with their parents living apart. Evangeline’s Gift from Santa by Emily Ezell helps children during this difficult period in their lives through the story of Evangeline, who is going through her first Christmas without her parents in the same house.
Evangeline has a special request from Santa: that Daddy come back to live with her and her Mommy. Santa says that it is some wish that she is asking for and asks her what it was like when Daddy was living with them. She recounts good memories of her father and the family together; however, Santa probes deeper, asking what things were like for Mommy and Daddy when they lived together. Evangeline quickly remembers that things were not as wonderful as she had nostalgically idealized them to be, remembering that her parents argued all the time and it upset her.
Santa tells Evangeline that “There are times when the greatest gift that mommies and daddies can give their children is two loving homes where there is no arguing,” asking her if she still gets to see her father and what it is like when she does. Evangeline realizes that the fighting has stopped, that she still gets to see her father often, and that he still reads her stories and does the other things that she remembers about when he was living with her and her mother. Once Evangeline realizes that her parents are doing what is best for her, giving her special time with both of them without having to hear the arguing and the fighting, Evangeline realizes that they are going to be okay.
This children’s book offers a deep message in a manner to which children can relate, helping them through their first holiday without both parents under the same roof. Evangeline’s Gift from Santa is certain to become a treasured part of their Christmas libraries, while helping parents to convey an important lesson.