With his own tree and a Clifford-sized stocking hanging on the door, Clifford seems ready for Christmas. However, he is not prepared for Santa sliding down the chimney and falling into his stocking. Good intentions turn into a merry mess when Clifford helps Santa Claus. What child wouldn't like to have a pet as special as Emily Elizabeth's Clifford the Big Red Dog! That's part of the secret of Norman Bridwell's successful series of children's books. Big, warm, red, and loveable, Clifford is "every child's idea of what a dog should really be!" — Elementary English An IRA Children's Choice book.