The Magic Christmas Ornament


Christmas Eve is a dazzling, special time...especially when your family's favorite Christmas tree ornament has magic powers! On one enchanted Christmas Eve, Victoria, Joseph, and John gather around the fireplace to hear their father’s story about this favorite Christmas ornament. After their parents go to bed, the children discover the true magic of the ornament as it sweeps them from their home and directly into Santa’s workshop! On this adventure, they are instantly surrounded by toys, reindeer, and even see Santa himself. Amidst the magic and wonder of this night, the children meet a very special elf named JJ who, as it turns out, is more connected to their family’s history than they could ever have imagined….

Accompanying The Magic Christmas Ornament is the same beloved ornament from the book (for ages 5 and up) to fill your home with the magic of Christmas. This modern Christmas classic will inspire new traditions and help you escape into a world of holiday magic!

Jim's father, Sylvester (Ziggy) Barbato, was one of nine children from an Italian immigrant family. Ziggy often told Jim that his family was too poor to afford toys for their children, but he always vowed that his children would experience the spirit of Christmas. The Magic Christmas Ornament is an original story created by Jim and Victoria Barbato. Writing this story allows our family to share the magic of Christmas—and all of its excitement—with yours.

A portion of all profits from this book will be given to the Marine Corps’ "Toys for Tots" program. 

This holiday season, Jim and his co-author, Victoria Barbato, are donating gifts of The Magic Christmas Ornament to the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and to Tufts Children’s Hospital.


"My kids loved this book! It has quickly become one of my sons' new favorite books and we have reread the Kindle version at least 8 times now. He listens intently EVERY TIME we read it (which kids with Autism are not easily prone to do). Both him and my daughter LOVE the pictures and my son constantly asks to, "look more," even after we are done reading the page that we are on so he can point out things he sees and ask questions...

I thought the Kindle edition was beautifully designed, the layout felt clean and crisp and as a dad, even I enjoyed the pictures as opposed to seeing rehashes from books written 40 years ago or more. The Illustrations (however they were done) were bright and interesting and kept my kid's attention."