Auntie Claus


The glitter fairy has been here.  At least that's what it looks like to me, with our sparkly white tree, the girls' new glittery Santa hats, and the Nutcracker trees and wreath moved to the fireplace in the family room.  

Last night, "We Need A Little Christmas" came on the radio as I drove Big Sis home from dance class.  "I like this song, Mom," she said.  I told her it was originally from a Broadway musical.  "Which one?"  "Mame."  "Oh...  What's that?"  She's actually seen the Rosalind Russell film Auntie Mame, but she couldn't remember it.  Oh, well.  Some other time.

I knew what we would read at bedtime, though.  

The Auntie Claus books by Elise Primavera are such splashy fun to look at.  The character of Auntie Claus is Auntie Mame meets Diana Vreeland meets Fairy Godmother.  Despite the fact I had admired them each Christmas at the bookstore, I had never read them to the girls!  Thank you, library.  


The first book, Auntie Claus, is quite simple.  A girl named Sophie Kringle lives with her family in the Bing Cherry Hotel in New York City.  They are Christmas fanatics.  The most Christmasy of all is Sophie's great-aunt, Auntie Claus, who lives in the penthouse.  She always goes away on business the week after Halloween, and never returns until after the New Year.  Sophie decides to follow her aunt on her trip.  You can probably guess where they go.  It turns out that Auntie Claus is the indispensable big sister of someone very famous.

In the second book, Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas, it's Sophie's little brother's turn to learn the family secret.  Chris Kringle has been informed by two very brainy children that Santa does not exist.  He decides to prove it by getting on Santa's naughty list.  Sophie helps him to find the truth by other means, but Chris must escape from some rather unsavory characters first.  

Finally, the third book, Auntie Claus: Home for the Holidays, finds Sophie cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy in her school production of The Nutcracker.  Neither she nor Auntie Claus wants to miss this opportunity, so the entire North Pole operation comes to the Bing Cherry Hotel - including the weather.

Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera.  HMH Books for Young Readers, 1999.

Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2002.

Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2002.

Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays by Elise Primavera.  Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2009.

Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays by Elise Primavera.  Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2009.

Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays by Elise Primavera.  Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2009.

A video from Simon & Schuster about the third book.



Wouldn't it be fun to find a production of Auntie Claus: The Musical to see over the holidays?

But the girls and I have read our books.  The movie still needs funding, and Auntie Claus: The Musical isn't playing in Wichita.  So Lucy cat and I will sit and enjoy our glittery tree, as we listen to this:



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  1. OMG you have me hooked!!!!!!!! I want to read those books so much now! And I hope they will eventually make that into a movie! What a fantastic storyline! Thanks for sharing! BTW, you tree is really nice and your living room seems so cozy!

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    1. I think you would love these books! Seriously! And thanks. You might notice I'm only photographing half the room right now. We haven't even finished putting boxes away. Eek. ;)

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  2. omg omg omg library library library! right now! this looks like TOO MUCH FUN!!! love all your glittah, sistah!!!!!!

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    1. They are a lot of fun! Her illustrations are fabulous. You may have noticed that she is also the author/illustrator of the Gumm Street Girls book I reviewed a few months ago, too...

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  3. I LOVE these! I'm also jealous of your wonderful libraries, here they 're so poor and outdated.. Glitter is awesome, the hats are so cool, the picture with the tree and the cat is magical!!

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    1. I'm sorry. :( I love the library so much. It would make me very sad if anything terrible started to change it here. And thank you! Lucy is our latest addition. She isn't entirely sure she likes it inside yet, although it is certainly warmer! She likes to follow my husband around. When he's asleep or absent, she really wants back outside!

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  4. I never thought I'd want a white tree, but I do!

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    1. I never did, until last year. I thought I preferred a rustic look, more cabin country or Scandinavian. Then I saw the wonderful white trees at Smile and Wave and Thompson Family Blog, and thought that if I had to get an artificial tree again, it would be white. (Or an old vintage aluminum tree, with a color wheel? I'd take one of those, too!)

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    1. It is! It's such a mess. Cats have scratched it everywhere, and it's so very orange. However, my husband adores it, and I decided the orange looks cool against the wall color we chose. We keep quilts and afghans thrown over it to cover the worst of the mess, but I don't mind it so much now. ;)

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  6. Love your glittery, vintage-style tree (and the vintage children's book illustrations on the post below)! And I'm so glad I found your blog today! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I'm enjoying the tree. The living room is a little glittery in places, but that's prettier than the falling needles of years past. :)

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