Aug 19th 2016

Toys and Gifts Bring Life to The Christmas Wish Children's Book

Heartwarming toys and gifts bring to life the holiday children’s book, The Christmas Wish

August 19, 2016, Leawood, Kansas —

DEMDACO, the wholesale distribution firm specializing in gift and home décor products, has collaborated with the Minnesota author-and-photographer team, Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen, to bring to life their New York Times Bestseller, The Christmas Wish, with a delightful collection of companion gift products. The charming assortment of wall art, ornaments, plush toys and more reflect the heartwarming story that has become a beloved holiday children’s classic.

The Christmas Wish is the story of Anja, a brave and kind child, who sets out on an adventure to make her dream of helping Santa Claus come true. With the generous help of many animal friends – from a bright cardinal to a strong horse to a gentle polar bear – Anja joyfully travels the snowy terrain to meet her Christmas hero.

The book’s heartwarming narrative was spun from the creative imagination of prop, set, and wardrobe stylist Lori Evert when her husband, award-winning photographer Per Breiehagen, captured their real-life daughter, Anja, in a magical image with a reindeer. The trio embarked on a family project to bring the timeless Nordic story to life by illustrating it with breathtaking photographs starring the kind and adventurous Anja.

Now admirers of the beloved holiday children’s book can embrace and share the story of The Christmas Wish through charming gifts and decorative accessories that reflect the book’s characters and magical adventures. Per’s captivating photography is featured on wall art, mugs and note cards, while plush toys, snow globes and ornaments depict characters and scenes from the story.

This delightful collection from DEMDACO is currently available at gift shops throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.


Founded in 1997 by Dave and Demi Kiersznowski, DEMDACO offers a hand-selected collection of artist-inspired products for consumers and their homes. We are committed to the belief that business is not merely a financial endeavor, but first and foremost a human endeavor.

Our products are as diverse as the people buying them, but we strive for them to have one thing in common: to lift the human spirit. Our hope is to offer DEMDACO consumers product that reflects their desire to nurture goodness in their own lives and in the lives of others.

DEMDACO maintains a key partnership with artist Susan Lordi, offering her popular hand-carved, figurative Willow Tree ® sculptures. Under the DEMDACO inclusive brand, products are organized in categories that include Gifts, Home, Entertaining, Baby, Holiday, and Fashion.

DEMDACO has showrooms in three locations:

  • Atlanta – Building 2, Suite #685
  • Dallas – #1418 TM
  • Las Vegas – C 996

For more information about DEMDACO products, please contact Customer Care by phone at 888.336.3226, email, visit or a DEMDACO showroom.

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About The Christmas Wish Family

Lori Evert, Per Breiehagen, and their daughter, Anja, collaborated as a family to create the photographic fairy tales of a little girl’s imaginative adventures in a collection of beloved children’s books: The New York Times Bestseller The Christmas Wish, The Tiny Wish and The Reindeer Wish.

Per is an award-winning photographer who grew up in the small mountain town of Ål, Norway, where he spent his childhood exploring the dramatic landscapes near his home, and whose credits include National Geographic, Audubon and The New York Times Magazine.

Lori is a prop, set, and wardrobe stylist who loves telling stories with pictures. She enjoys drawing, books, travel, and being Anja’s mother.

Anja really is kind & brave. She is a talented musician and soccer player who spends her free time reading, playing, and exploring outdoors with her friends and family.

The family hopes their books will inspire wonder, kindness, and a love for animals and nature.


Peter Friedmann

Vice President, Product Development and Marketing