The Key to Christmas

Robert Hedges 3664000188570


1960s & '70s

Robert Ross

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A young boy named Toby is perplexed with the question: How does Santa get into houses on Christmas Eve? Luckily! He stumbles upon an ancient artifact while playing football with his friends one day. His quest to find out more about his discovery ends up taking him on an adventure of a lifetime.



Short Summary

As Santa and his sleigh are getting ready to vanish into the snowy moonlit sky the unthinkable happens. The key that unlocks all of the houses on Christmas Eve falls through his pocket. The shape-shifting object lay barren on the ground until one fall day when a young boy discovers the object.

Upon discovering what he had, Toby decided to return Santa's key back to him. His course of action would lead him and his sister Lila on an adventure that included sneaking out of their house, stealing a hot air balloon, dodging a winter blizzard, and surviving a glacier scare.


In the Midwest during the holiday season of the late 1970s

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Toby

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Selfless,Leader,Heroic,Desperate,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Lila

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Outspoken,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lila

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Outspoken,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Lila

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Outspoken,Funny

Development Pitch

When is the last time you've seen a really good Christmas movie? It's been years. The Polar Express? What about one that answers the question, "How does Santa get into all of the houses on Christmas Eve." I believe, The Key to Christmas has all of the elements to be a really successful movie that families would watch over and over every holiday season like A Christmas Story. "Everyone thinks their book would make a great movie. Why yours?" The biggest reason is that it's a Christmas book with a unique and different story-line from all the others. For example, the story takes place in the late 1970s where people were driving wood-paneled station wagons and families tripped over phone cords. There were houses with lava lamps and living rooms filled with t.v.'s that had 1000 lb. picture tubes. I also believe it would be a hit based on the positive feedback that I've received regarding the story itself. I wrote the story placed on a bet. The challenge given to me was that I couldn't write a Christmas book that was better than the current ones on the market. I've received numerous comments and replies from readers about how much the book reminded them of the Polar Express or A Christmas Story.

About The Author

"Built to try and outdo others, Robert wrote the Key to Christmas based on a bet. Unwilling to write about the typical Christmas story that centers around Santa, Robert instead wrote about his favorite holiday memories of the late 1970s and merged it with the feel of the Polar Express and A Christmas Story. Watch out! The former teacher of the year has been challenged again with the task of writing a historical fiction series. His new book entitled, "Donnie's Plan," should only be read if you are interested in a lottery win, tornadoes, the Nazi's, and someone who has set their sites upon stopping a human trafficking ring and reforming all of society.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,7-12,35-54,55+,18-34

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Other

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Robert Ross

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available