This little tale is a charming read, great to be shared with family and really does evoke the spirit of Christmas.
The book tells the story of Kris Kringle, an elderly gentleman who lives in a residential home for the elderly. One day, whilst passing the Macy’s thanksgiving parade, Kris becomes entangled with the store when it is discovered that the Santa Claus they had hired is not fit to work.
Thinking on her feet, Head of Personnel, Doris Walker hires Kris as he seems to possess many of the characteristics of the ‘real’ Santa Claus. A roaring success with the parade goers, Macy’s hires Kris for the remainder of the festive period. During his time as Santa Claus, Kris spreads festive joy and magic amongst parents and children alike. One child in particular is affected by Kris’ presence – Susan Walker, Doris’ young daughter who has all of her mother’s pragmatic cynicism regarding the existence of Santa Claus. As the story progresses, Kris melts little Susan’s heart and she begins to entertain the possibility of Santa Claus… It is not until people start to realise that Kris believes himself to actually be Santa, that things go very wrong.
Determined to quash the ‘ludicrous’ notion that Santa Claus exists, a psychologist at Macy’s has Kris committed and he is forced to attend a hearing questioning his sanity. So follows a truly heartwarming courtroom hearing into Kris’ nature as his friends and supporters attempt to prove that he is who he says he is.
This story has the power to charm readers with its charmingly festive scenes and also to make us question and delve deeper into the figure of Santa Claus and what he means to us. This is a story about faith, belief and love and as you lose yourself within its pages, you really can witness the miracle on 34th Street. This will make perfect winter reading and comes highly recommended.
There’s only one thing left to say and it’s this… “We Believe!”
Watch the trailers for the much loved adaptations
1947 starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood
1973 starring Sebastian Cabot, Jane Alexander and Suzanne Davidson
1994 starring Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins and Mara Wilson