The Magic Christmas Ornament with Jim Barbato


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.

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 Sargent, 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. Now he wants to share the story with you, hoping it will instill the Christmas spirit in your heart and create memories for years to come. Jim has been married to the love of his life, Patty, for thirty-five years. They have three wonderful adult children: Victoria, Joseph, and John.

The Magic Christmas Ornament is available at Amazon and most major book stores, or you can order it at