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Title: The Magic Christmas Ornament
Author: James Barbato and Victoria Barbato
Publisher: Pure Imagination
Do you have a special tradition that you share with your family during the Christmas holiday? The authors of this story had a father and grandfather who were Italian immigrants who started this story with their family. Since they were Italian immigrants, at a time when poverty was the norm, they couldn’t afford gifts but they could share the story of the magic of Christmas. Thus creating a wonderful family tradition to be carried from generation to generation.
Siblings Victoria, Joseph and John gathered around to listen ot their father tell them the story behind a very special Christmas ornament. Their father told them when he was seven he found this special ornament in a tree and he has put it on the tree every year since. That night, the children snuck downstairs to admire it and something very magical happened when a burst of cold air crashed through the window and they saw Santa sitting at the North Pole inside the ornament.
This delightful tale of family history and tradition is perfect to be shared around the holidays. Families can sit together and read this story and share in their own traditions and tales of magic and blessings they’ve received. Sharing family traditions are a wonderful way to get kids engaged and instill that Christmas is a time of family not just presents under the tree.
The authors’ father and grandfather, Sylvester (Ziggy) Barbato, was one of nine children from an Italian immigrant family. Ziggy often told James, his son, that their family was too poor to afford toys, but he always vowed that his children would experience the spirit of Christmas nonetheless. The Magic Christmas Ornament is an original story created by James Barbato and Victoria Barbato, allowing their family to share the magic of Christmas—and all of its excitement—with yours.
About the Authors:
James (Jim) Barbato is a former college professor and business owner. He is also the son of a U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant and lived all across the United States and Canada for the first twelve years of his life. As a child, Jim developed a strong Christmas spirit, inspired by the stories his father would tell. Jim often told original stories to his own three children, including the story of "The Magic Christmas Ornament," which they still remember and cherish as adults.
Victoria Barbato is currently an Instructional Coach for English language instruction in the Boston area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in English, and is passionate about teaching and creating equity in educational opportunities for all learners. Growing up, Victoria was greatly inspired by her grandfather’s and father’s stories because they connect to the importance of family, convey fascination with the world, and always have a message of hope.
The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection
By James Barbato and Victoria Barbato
Pure Imagination Enterprises LLC
Collection $44.95 (Super Premium Hardcover Book, Ornament from the book, and Decorative packaging)
Super Premium Hardcover only, 11” wide by 8.5” high, 32 pp. $19.95, ISBN: 978-0-9998692-0-8
Ornament only (Ornament from the book) $19.95
For more information, please visit magicchristmasbulb.com.
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