13 Dec

Santa Claus’s Secret Name

Santa Claus really does exist!

In this guessing-game book to be read aloud and played together, parents and children will find out who Santa Claus really is. And the answer is NOT who you might think!

When Jane Winslow Eliot’s children were little she had to face the moment of truth when they came to her with the accusing words: “We just found out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist!”

Her heart sank as she faced this critical moment. Would cynicism set in at such a young age? Would parental betrayal be the overarching memory they would have of Christmas for the rest of their lives?

She knew she could back peddle, or she could apologize, or try to turn the lesson into a metaphor for holiday spirit.

Instead she replied, “You’re wrong. Santa does exist. And I’ll prove it to you.”

And she told them the simple but mysterious guessing-game story of Santa Claus’s Secret Name. Her hope was that her children would remember Santa Claus’s secret name for the rest of their lives, and that the insight they gained from this moment of truth would carry them through years of cynicism, inevitable betrayals, disappointments, and struggles.

In this exquisite read-aloud tale, parents can respond to their children’s initial disillusionment with a gift of extraordinary wisdom.

Most amazing of all, even grown-ups can try to guess the secret name, and if they discover it on their own, will discover a truth they can never forget. The answer is practical, healing, and,above all, true.

Read this book aloud with your children,and play the guessing game, and you are guaranteed to understand Santa Claus and the mystery of the holiday season in a whole new way. You’ll be redeemed as a parent, and your child will enter into the deeply meaningful aspect of the holiday season with a clearer way of seeing – no matter how old they get!

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07 Sep

Writing

Let’s Talk, Let’s Play
By Jane Winslow Eliot
AWSNA Publications

The author moves with ease and confidence on how to teach young children in poetry, song, and play. She explains both why and how archetypal games grow out of the nature of children and language.

History of Western Railroads
By Jane Winslow Eliot
Bison Books 1985

A spectacular pictorial history of the railroad and how it contributed to the development of the Wild West. This beautifully written hardcover illustrated book includes the Santa Fe Super chief, the Great Northern’s Empire Builder, and more, with vintage art and photos, maps of rail routes and their development. Over 50 b&w photographs and 100 in color.

The Soul of Color
By Jane Winslow Eliot
Spiral Press 1983

Perhaps in your physics classes you probably learned about the mechanics of color: wave lengths, the spectrum, and so forth. But to have fun with your children while learning about color, you’ll want to know something more direct, immediate, and closer to personal experience. Something more real about color.

If you already know how to paint, this book by Waldorf educator, homeschooling mother, and writer will introduce you to some new experiences in color which you can happily share with your children. If you do not already know how to use watercolors, you are about to be overjoyed.

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