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<p>My daughter is just turning 3 and is starting to ask (or really tell me) about Santa.  Other adults are asking her what Santa might bring, etc.  I'd really like to find a nice story to introduce her to Santa in a way that it won't be all about the gift getting.  I realize that he is based on St. Nicholas, but I am wondering if there are any creative stories out there that might help introduce Santa different (since we will probably celebrate St. Nicholas when she is older and in school). </p>
 

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<p>We actually use "Elf on the Shelf" ....kind of takes the creepiness out of a stalking/peeping tom santa.</p>
 

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<p>We love this book!</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLife-Adventures-Santa-Claus%2Fdp%2FB00375LKW2%2Fref%3Dsr_1_3%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291225769%26sr%3D8-3" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Life-Adventures-Santa-Claus/dp/B00375LKW2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1291225769&sr=8-3</a></p>
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<p>Did you know Santa was raised by fairies?</p>
 

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<p>We just bought the Polar Express and I love it-- it doesn't explain the "nuts and bolts" of Santa, but the illustrations are beautiful, and I love that it introduces the concept of doubt (the main character is listening for sleigh bells that his friend told him he wouldn't hear b/c Santa doesn't exist)--some people are believers all their lives and some are doubters early on...kind of leaves the door open for children to make their own choices about what to believe...</p>
 
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