Santa’s here standing outside our castle drawbridge! He says he brought gifts. Let him in? What?
The idea for my new Christmas picture book, illustrated by Scott Magoon, sprang from my confusion over something that didn’t make sense to me as a kid: My parents locked our doors. They set the alarm. They protected our home from interlopers 364 days a year. Yet on Christmas Eve, we all went to bed hoping that Santa would “invade” our house while we slept.
Now that I’m grown-up, I’m glad my kid-self questioned this whole “Santa situation” because it’s one of those niggling childhood confusions that motivated me to write. November was Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo), and I posted on Tara Lazar’s blog about three ways I get book ideas. Here’s a fourth way: I think up schemes to deal with things in the world that confused me when I was a kid. If I can use a comedic eye to re-work those confusing moments into situations that make me laugh, I have the kernel of a story.
I figure kids nowadays have the same questions and about things in their world — including some aspects of Christmas. I hope they’ll take comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their confusion — that there are three little knights out there in a castle somewhere, who questioned that whole Santa situation, and were catapulted into action to make sense out of it all!
As you and your kids welcome friends and family into your heart and castle this holiday season, I hope you all find time to laugh together. Happy holidays, everyone!
I’m giving away one autographed copy of The Knights Before Christmas. Comment to enter for a chance to win. One winner chosen December 7.