Backstory

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There are many "Santa" stories, but few tell about his origins, how he was raised by the North Pole Elves, and why he made that first magic flight. The story seems to exist only in fragments.
But children around the world agree on many things—Santa Claus (by whatever name) is real to them, as are the elves, angels, fairies, trolls, and other creatures that live in our imaginations.
And the children continue to ask the same questions:
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  • Where did Santa come from?
  • How does Santa get around the world in one night?
  • How does Santa get all those toys in one sack?
  • How do the reindeer fly?
  • How do the elves live at the North Pole?
There are many other questions, but these five questions always seem to come up...so why are there so few cohesive answers:
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Paul and Libby Carr have spent quite a few years standing in for Santa and Mrs. Claus in groups large and small. The faith of small children in loving and sharing, and their sheer joy of living, is a constant throughout the holiday season.
It was out of that experience that Santa's First Magical Ride was written. Combining those experiences with Paul's musical background and love of storytelling resulted in the creation of a unified narrative of Santa's young life, told entirely in rhyme.
Most importantly, the story today is more relevant than ever:
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Children don't care about boundaries or borders; political and religious differences mean nothing to the small. CHILDREN ARE LOVE; as parents and grandparents, we all know that.
And Santa remains a constant in the lives of children the world over. Worldwide, kids inherently know that Santa loves all children unconditionally. Santa Claus, by any name, still represents the mythic figure he has always been to adults and children alike—the gift, freely given, that tomorrow can be brighter, and better.
Santa's First Magical Ride is really about that universal spirit that exists in us all, but particularly in children; the message that we are loved and that the world can be a brighter place tomorrow. The language is modern, and the rhythms are reminiscent of the Dr. Seuss stories, but the tale embodies the age-old mid-winter holiday spirit that lives in us all.
The North Pole Elves had it right:

"Giving just for giving's sake, is so much more than give and take."

May the spirit of Christmas, however it is celebrated, stay with you all year long.
 
—Paul S. Carr III