Santa Claus The Spirit of Christmas

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Todd Graham

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Santa Claus The Spirit of Christmas is the story of how young Nicholas Claus goes an an epic adventure and with the help of many allies finds and embraces the true spirit of Christmas.


Action, Adventure, Folktale, Funny, Epic, Fantasy, Children's

Short Summary

Young Nicholas Claus, an orphaned and unhappy boy, struggles to deal with the village's merry people at Christmas time. One holiday season, the evil Ice Queen and her trolls show up to take something from Nicholas that will help one possess the world's Christmas spirit. Nicholas must stop them!

Young Nicholas Claus has found the world's Christmas spirit and it now lies deep within his very being. He has been transformed from the boy he was and now has a new lease on life. He attempts to stop a waging battle but disappears in the process to the mystery of all.


Alpine City, The Troll Caves, The Reindeer Games; The Bold Mountains

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain, Internal Journey/Rebirth, Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Nicholas Claus

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Complex, Blunt, Sarcastic, Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Ice Queen

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Villainous,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Blunt,Visionary,Sarcastic,Seductive,Manipulative,Leader,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Prince Hero

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Masculine, Badass, Charming, Clumsy, Confident, Decisive, Selfless, Skillful, Funny, Romantic, Sarcastic, Heroic, Honorable, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Shelby Claus

Age: 13

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Blunt, Outspoken, Skillful, Sarcastic, Insecure, Leader

Development Pitch

Imagine owning the holiday of Christmas. The villainous Ice Queen wishes to do just that in Santa Claus The Spirit of Christmas, and an eight-year-old Nicholas Claus goes on an epic adventure to stop her and find the world's Christmas spirit. Now imagine a fantasy adventure tale that combines everyone and everything from Christmas: Characters such as Santa, Frosty, the reindeer, the elves; angels; Iconic Christmas songs from fun loving Jingle Bells to the solemn Silent Night; Origins and explanations of Christmas traditions; and Connections to the true meaning of Christmas (not in a preachy religious manner but weaved into the plot in a meaningful way). Imagine a holiday computer animated musical extravaganza feature film that is a sure fire bet to become the definitive story of Santa Claus for decades to come. Imagine a whole series of films continuing this incredible tale of Santa Claus. The studio that can imagine all of this can also very realistically imagine owning this holiday like no one has done before!

About The Author

Todd Graham grew up in a small Michigan city, and even as a child loved to be creative and write and illustrate his own stories, which he kept in his briefcase. In the third grade, Todd even brought his briefcase to school and shared several of his written stories with his classmates as part of the talent show in his class. Following high school and college, Todd embarked upon a 28 year career teaching 6th graders all subjects, but he most enjoyed teaching the kids about writing. In fact, it was well known that Mr. Graham had his students write more than any other class of students in the school. Still today, former students will reach out to Todd and let him know what his writing instruction had meant to them. In his later years of teaching, Todd Graham managed to begin writing and self-publishing a series of fantasy adventure tales about Santa Claus. Todd has written and published three books of this six book series in which he strives to weave together all facets of Christmas with every Christmas character imaginable and connect them to the true meaning of Christmas. Todd hopes to create the definitive story of Santa Claus and the events that transpired to make him the huge Christmas icon he is today! At present, Todd works in his second career as a Program Director of after school and summer programs for a number of different schools while continuing work on the fourth book in his Christmas series.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: iUniverse

Year Published: 2010

Hard Copy Available







Nicholas Claus' origin story before he becomes Santa Claus is told by his wife to a gaggle of children on Christmas Eve. Young Nick used to hate Christmas but he is kidnapped by an Ice Queen. In order to escape he must learn to save the Christmas Spirit. Finding his way back home with the help of so many causes him to reevaluate his life and become teh generous and kind Santa of lore.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile does reflect most aspects of the story. It might be helpful to add some of the themes to the development pitch and in the log line to place commas around the independent clause "with the help of many allies" for clarification.

Draw of Story

The ways that different Christmas traditions and traditional characters are incorporated is fun and compelling. There is a clear inner conflict and transformation for the protagonist.

Possible Drawbacks

The frame story, while sweet, lacks tension outside of pausing for dramatic effect. Mrs. Claus herself has not inner conflict as the narrator nor is there an external conflict outside of the night getting late and the children getting sleepy. Making the tension in the Christmas Ever storytelling more apparent will better incorporate it with Santa's tension filled adventure.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Nicholas Claus is an eight year old boy who hates Christmas but is tasked with saving the Spirit of Christmas from the Ice Queen.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a medium sized fanbase of families hungry for Christmas content. However, the combination of Christian Christmas and the secular Santa may put off either side of the polarity of Christmas but should be fine for the general population.

Awards Potential

As a Christmas film this is unlikely to win any prestige awards, but could qualify for certain children's categories or circuits especially if animated.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The originality stems from Santa having to save the Christmas Spirit before he enjoys Christmas himself as a child. By showing why Nicholas was such as awful bully before his transformation he will seem more three dimensional from the beginning before his transformation.

Lead Characters

Nicholas is cold and callous and uncaring to even his adopted caretaker but becomes a generous and jolly provider for all children.

Uniqueness of Story

This has a lot of potential and the core concept of having to go through the twelve days of Christmas trials to save the holiday, but the actual characters unique to the story are not as developed.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

Incorporating the frame story to have purpose behind its structure with tension would make it feel more cohesive to the adventure story. A lot of the Christmas characters create questionable timelines or may be copyrighted so making sure the original characters are all fully developed will create greater distinction within the genre.