A Perfect Christmas reclaims the spirit of Christmas from the commercial secularized culture of the "winter holidays" that has almost obliterated the Christian meaning of the celebration of the birth of Christ. Author Dennis Eugene Engleman and illustrator Niko Chocheli have collaborated to restore St. Nicholas ("Santa Claus")to his rightful place in the imagination of children, and perhaps their parents too!
In this mystical and beautiful story, told in the classic manner of an Orthodox Russian folk tale, past and present collide as a modern child meets the real "St.Nick."
At the heart of this wonderful contemporary Christmas parable is a tale of compassion, shared love and family with a little of the real Saint Nicholas' life woven in, just enough to whet the appetite of the reader for more! The pages of A Perfect Christmas glow with the warmth of a bygone era when Christmas was filled with the mystery of the Incarnation, simple shared love,and grace.
Niko Chocheli was born in Tbilsi, Republic of Georgia. He started to draw at the age of four. Mr. Chocheli graduated with honors from both Tbilisi Nikoladze Art College and Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts. His work is reminiscent of the style of the old masters, which he has studied for over sixteen years, and his concentration is in Orthodox iconography. Mr. Chocheli has received many awards for his artistic achievements throughout Europe. His work has been exhibited in both Europe and the United States and in many private collections. Awarded permanent residency status by the U.S. government as "Alien of Extraordinary Abilities," Mr. Chocheli is an associate professor of art at LaSalle University, Philadelphia, and is a member of the Orthodox Church.
- Publisher: Regina Orthodox Press (September 2004)
- ISBN-10: 1928653154
- ISBN-13: 9781928653158
- Language: English
- Reading level: Ages 4-8
- Hardcover: 24 pages