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The Autobiography of Santa Claus ✶ [BOOKS] ✪ The Autobiography of Santa Claus By Jeff Guinn ❀ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk It all started when Jeff Guinn was assigned to write a piece full of little known facts about Christmas for his paper, The Fort Worth Star Telegram A few months later, he received a call from a gentle It all started of Santa MOBI ò when Jeff Guinn was assigned to write a piece full of little known facts about Christmas for his paper, The Fort Worth Star Telegram A few months later, he The Autobiography PDF or received a call from a gentleman who told him that he showed the story to an important friend who didn t think much of it And who might that be asked Jeff The Autobiography of Santa Kindle Ð next thing he knew, he was whisked off to the North Pole to meet with this very important friend, and the rest is, well, as they say, history An enchanting holiday treasure, The Autobiography of Santa Claus combines solid historical fact with legend to deliver the definitive story of Santa Claus And who better to lead us through seventeen centuries of Christmas magic than good ol Saint Nick himself Families will delight in each chapter of this new Christmas classic one per each cold December night leading up to Christmas.


10 thoughts on “The Autobiography of Santa Claus

  1. Justin Tate Justin Tate says:

    This book has been on my holiday reading list for a decade So glad I finally got to it this year Love the way it blends history and lore By far the most entertaining way to learn about significant events over the last two thousand years, especially those relating to Christmas The research involved was impeccably presented.I will say that the audio version is a big help The narrator has a great Santa Voice that adds to the magic and makes the experience Either way, it s a lot of fun I d This book has been on my holiday reading list for a decade So glad I finally got to it this year Love the way it blends history and lore By far the most entertaining way to learn about significant events over the last two thousand years, especially those relating to Christmas The research involved was impeccably presented.I will say that the audio version is a big help The narrator has a great Santa Voice that adds to the magic and makes the experience Either way, it s a lot of fun I d definitely recommend adding it to your seasonal reading


  2. Matt Matt says:

    During the holiday season, I turned to the gifted biography writer, Jeff Guinn, to open my mind to what must have been one of his most entertaining projects Christmas tends to be a time of giving and there are many who find Santa Claus, Father Christmas, or St Nicholas to be a key player in promoting this amongst the youngest part of the population As Guinn reveals in the introduction, he was tasked with writing the autobiography of the man in red and provides a stunning piece for fans of all During the holiday season, I turned to the gifted biography writer, Jeff Guinn, to open my mind to what must have been one of his most entertaining projects Christmas tends to be a time of giving and there are many who find Santa Claus, Father Christmas, or St Nicholas to be a key player in promoting this amongst the youngest part of the population As Guinn reveals in the introduction, he was tasked with writing the autobiography of the man in red and provides a stunning piece for fans of all ages to enjoy Born in what is now a region of Turkey in 280, Nicholas was always a very loving child His parents doted on him before their death, when Nicholas was sent to live with the monks While there, Nicholas discovered the art of secretly gifting to others who were less fortunate, a theme in his life for centuries to come While things did not always go his way, Nicholas soon grew to become a priest and bishop, never forgetting those in need It was at this time, when Nicholas attained the age of 60 or so, that he discovered his power to never age He did, however, disappear from public sight and those within the community eventually were said to have found him dead in his bed, thereafter burying him and paying homage Still, Nicholas lived and provided wonderful gifts to those who least expected it Nicholas soon met a few important members of his team that would help him deliver gifts Felix a man who was a slave, but shared Nicholas passion for giving and Layla another secret gifter, who became a romantic interest They would soon gain the same magical ability to live forever and work with Nicholas as he travelled around and provided gifts for children in need Nicholas was eventually sainted, though he never let this get to his head, worryingabout how his power to help was stymied whenever they entered a war torn area Coming across many people to help as the world evolved and population growth continued, Nicholas soon honed his gift giving to a time between his name day December 6th and the Feast of Epiphany January 6th As time progressed, St Nicholas became better known in Europe and served to bring joy to the lives of little ones, but with the discovery of the New World came Puritans who sought to rid the region of any celebratory connection to Christmas and Nicholas himself It was at this time that Britain faced their own internal struggles and Christmas was all but wiped off the map Diligently, St Nicholas worked with his team to inject a new love of the holiday season In what seems like a rush through the ages, the newly nicknamed Santa Claus tells how he acquired the name and what new people he met along the way that helped to shape the modern idea that many have about him, from his use of chimneys to flying reindeer and even tie ins to many songs depicting his jolly nature The latter portion of the book finds Santa settling in the North Pole to work and live permanently, an interesting tale all its own How a man could have left an impact on children for close to 1800 years astounds me, but it is all here in this sensational autobiography that Jeff Guinn helped pen Masterful in its detail and ties to historical events, this is sure to become a book readers return to regularly to spark a new light in their holiday traditions Recommended for the lover of history, as well as those who enjoy learning a littleabout the Christmas that one cannot find on the store shelves.I have always been in awe when reading anything Jeff Guinn writes and this piece was no exception While I have been aware of some facts about Nicholas throughout his life, I had no idea about the majority of the information depicted here, nor how it all tied together Guinn s extensive research and, perhaps , some writing freedoms allows the reader to get lost in the story of how this man went from orphan at nine to being a central part of the Christmas tradition, accepted by those who may not be heavy into the religious symbols of the season The nuances and side stories are so plentiful and fit like a jigsaw puzzle, connecting seamlessly into the larger narrative and make for a sensational piece of biographic work Like belief in St Nicholas requires one to suspend reality at times, this book has moments where rational thought must be set aside and the magic of the season put front and centre The attentive reader will be dazzled by what Guinn has done and will want to know , which is thankfully available in twovolumes in the collection With a mix of chapter lengths, Guinn and St Nicholas take the reader on detailed or superficial journeys throughout the centuries, never skipping key aspects There are countless moments for the reader to learn the history of the time and how Christmas was once so controversial, as well as how Church and secular decisions created many precedents still used today but whose origins many did not know This has secured a spot on my annual Christmas reading list for sure and I will recommend this easy to comprehend piece to anyone who wishes a warm holiday read that brings out the child in us all.Kudos, St Nicholas and Mr Guinn for reminding us what the holiday season is all about and ensuring no one ever forgets This book fulfils Topic 6, Equinox Read, of the Equinox 9 portion of A Book for All Seasons Reading Challenge.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge


  3. Beth Beth says:

    So I liked the first third of this book The second third started to get annoying And by the last third I was rolling my eyes and kept imagining myself making teenage finger gagging gestures over the ridiculousness At the beginning, the concept of the evolution of Santa was interesting but with every chapter that passed, the heavy handed plot started to annoy me because it became too predictable Nicholas started out on his own but eventually acquired an entourage of immortals that included a So I liked the first third of this book The second third started to get annoying And by the last third I was rolling my eyes and kept imagining myself making teenage finger gagging gestures over the ridiculousness At the beginning, the concept of the evolution of Santa was interesting but with every chapter that passed, the heavy handed plot started to annoy me because it became too predictable Nicholas started out on his own but eventually acquired an entourage of immortals that included a thief named Felix, a young wife named Layla, Attila the Hun, Attila s wife, King Arthur, Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin and some other random historical figures whose names I don t feel like wracking my brain over And after awhile, I was like, enough already It almost seemed like a joke Overall, I d have probably rated this book much higher if I was reading it to a child as opposed to reading it to myself


  4. Donalyn Donalyn says:

    OK, the only reason I even read this one is because my book club chose it for our December selection This book proves to me why Dicken s A Christmas Carol is still so popular it was the last decent Christmas book written although The Santa Land Diaries and Skipping Christmas deserve honorable mention.This book follows the evolution of the Santa Claus myth starting with Saint Nicholas and ending with the Coca Cola illustrations which solidified our vision of how Santa looks.Although the bo OK, the only reason I even read this one is because my book club chose it for our December selection This book proves to me why Dicken s A Christmas Carol is still so popular it was the last decent Christmas book written although The Santa Land Diaries and Skipping Christmas deserve honorable mention.This book follows the evolution of the Santa Claus myth starting with Saint Nicholas and ending with the Coca Cola illustrations which solidified our vision of how Santa looks.Although the book is sprinkled with historical information about Santa and the how the celebration of Christmas has changed over the centuries, I found the book to be poorly written The inclusion of famous legends and historical figures throughout the ages was hokey and ridiculous won t everyone be pleased to know that Leonardo Di Vinci built Santa s North Pole Workshop and Amelia Earhart is now in charge of global navigation for Santa.Even the most outlandish ideas presented in the book would have worked better in the hands of acapable writerAnd OK we get it Santa s fat Did the author have to mention this on practically every page What drivel


  5. Tom Tom says:

    This book reads like Bill and Ted s Great Adventure I could tell you how Santa met Mrs Claus, but I won t I could tell you how he got into the business, but I won t I could tell you the how and who Santa recruited to help him, but I won t I could tell you about how Santa got to fly a sleigh, but I won t I will tell you that he s only been at the North Pole since 1913 Suprised If you want to know these things too, read the book You will enjoy.Merry Christmas to All and to All, Good Night


  6. Matt Spaulding Matt Spaulding says:

    I really love this book I think it s about 98% perfect As a Christmas nut, and, evenspecifically, a Santa Claus nut, I really appreciate all the actual history involved.The troubles, for me, begin to arise when Santa, his friend Felix and his wife Layla meet Attila the Hun From that point out, Santa and company go on meeting legendary historical figures and inviting them into the fold, thereby making them immortals While I actually like the idea of Santa crossing paths with historical I really love this book I think it s about 98% perfect As a Christmas nut, and, evenspecifically, a Santa Claus nut, I really appreciate all the actual history involved.The troubles, for me, begin to arise when Santa, his friend Felix and his wife Layla meet Attila the Hun From that point out, Santa and company go on meeting legendary historical figures and inviting them into the fold, thereby making them immortals While I actually like the idea of Santa crossing paths with historical figures, I m not fond of the fact that they become his helpers.Highlights include the accurate historical depictions of the evolution of Christmas and the growth of the legend of Santa Claus from his humble beginnings as Nicolas of Myra into the figure we know him as today Along the way he encounters some of the greatest people who ever lived and witnesses the growth of the world.The downside, as I said before, is the choice of the author to make these actual historical figures Santa s helpers Rather than elves, Santa s helpers include Attila the Hun, Leonardo DaVinci, King Arthur, Saint Francis of Assisi, Teddy Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart I would much prefer elves.Another downside is the choice to sideline some of thewell known aspects of the Santa Claus myth forbelievable explanations, like Santa leaving presents in stockings drying by the fire to give the illusion of his having come down the chimney rather than actually using the chimney Or having his helpers scour different parts of the globe delivering presents dressed as him rather than him doing it all himself in one night Magic IS included in this book Santa and his companions never age and can travel at wonderful speeds but not to the extent I would have preferred Still, I would highly recommend this book, because the downsides certainly do not outweigh the amazing, well written tale this book tells This is a must read for me every Christmas season


  7. Lisa the Librarian Lisa the Librarian says:

    This is not only a fun book, but also very informative I had known that the Santa Claus we know now had evolved from a real historical figure Saint Nicholas, however I had no idea that he lived so long ago He was actually born in 280 AD It is amazing that this one man and his love of Jesus Christ which manifested in his giving gifts to the needy has a legacy that extends over almost two thousand years The book is well written and the story and very interesting It tells how Bishop Nicholas st This is not only a fun book, but also very informative I had known that the Santa Claus we know now had evolved from a real historical figure Saint Nicholas, however I had no idea that he lived so long ago He was actually born in 280 AD It is amazing that this one man and his love of Jesus Christ which manifested in his giving gifts to the needy has a legacy that extends over almost two thousand years The book is well written and the story and very interesting It tells how Bishop Nicholas stopped aging and our modern Santa is in fact the original gift giver As he moves through history and meets other actual historical figures I learned about world history I hadn t know previously.Many of the questions about Santa how does he get all over the world in one night, why does he live at the North Pole, how do reindeer fly etc are all answered as Santa tells his story.It is important to note that while Santa tells his story and incorporates real historical facts and dates this isnotlike high school history class The events are actually interesting as we see, briefly, how these events helped shape the world.The book also makes sure the reader is aware that Santa is aware of and in fact honors the true meaning of Christmas and that the best gift ever given was when God gave His Son to the world He does this in a natural manner without getting overly preachy or overbearing with this fact I received this in a triology as a Christmas gift and plan to make it an annual read near Christmas


  8. Shannon Shannon says:

    Several Christmases ago, a friend of mine from church recommended this book to me It has 24 chapters, and is a wonderful story to read to your kids throughout the month of December, leading up to Christmas Eve one chapter a night, starting December 1st.What I like most about the book, is that it weaves Santa s story throughout history Several historical figures from Charlemagne to Attila the Hun to Ben Franklin cross Santa s path as the years pass It even explains how Santa never grows old Several Christmases ago, a friend of mine from church recommended this book to me It has 24 chapters, and is a wonderful story to read to your kids throughout the month of December, leading up to Christmas Eve one chapter a night, starting December 1st.What I like most about the book, is that it weaves Santa s story throughout history Several historical figures from Charlemagne to Attila the Hun to Ben Franklin cross Santa s path as the years pass It even explains how Santa never grows old.I think this is a great book, and a great way to help offer explanations to kids whose belief in Santa may be wavering a bit.There is just a touch of religion in the story after all, Santa was once a priest, then a bishop, then finally achieved sainthood as St Nicholas , which I liked, but for the most part, the history that Santa moves through is told at a very appropriate level for kids.I ve been reading it all month to my kids, ages almost 4 and 7 1 2 My older son really enjoys it, but its a bit over my younger one s head he still sits through it and gets some of it More so, I am seriously enjoying the story as well I would recommend this to parents and non parents alike to read next December with your own families


  9. Teri Teri says:

    This is the autobiography of Santa Claus Written from the perspective of Saint Nicholas, he begins his story at the year of his birth, 280 AD He grew up in a Christian home and was well educated and of financially comfortable means Nicholas always felt that he should share his wealth with the people of his home in Lycia, and at the advice of his priest Philip, he found ways to enter the homes of poor families while they slept and left items and money that were needed By being secretive, he This is the autobiography of Santa Claus Written from the perspective of Saint Nicholas, he begins his story at the year of his birth, 280 AD He grew up in a Christian home and was well educated and of financially comfortable means Nicholas always felt that he should share his wealth with the people of his home in Lycia, and at the advice of his priest Philip, he found ways to enter the homes of poor families while they slept and left items and money that were needed By being secretive, he was able to help these families without hurting anyone s feelings of pride Nicholas grew up to be a bishop in the church and continued to bless local families in need He eventually branched out beyond his home but had developed a following and was eventually sainted after locals believed he had passed away Secretly, Nicholas had simply moved to new areas where he could be of help to those without He also realized that he was not aging the way many his age were Allowing him to continue giving secret gifts for hundreds and thousands of years Along the way, Nicholas meets many people that learn of his timeless circumstances and his secret of gift giving to children throughout the world Some of these people included historical figures such as Attila the Hun, Leonardo Di Vinci, King Arthur, and Benjamin Franklin Even Teddy Roosevelt got in on it and had Saint Nicholas, aka Santa Claus in America, name a toy, the Teddy Bear, after himself Santa also meets his wife Layla, who is eventually known as Mrs Claus The story ends when Santa makes his home at the North Pole.This book was an interesting concept and I particularly enjoyed the first 1 3, learning some of the historical backstory to Saint Nicholas However, it turned into a bit of an implausible story as the historical characters that Santa met along the way, joined with him and lived throughout the centuries as his helpers It was hard to think that Leonardo Di Vinci lived centuries, along with King Arthur and Atilla the Hun That s when the unbelievable was truly unbelievable I think it would have been better if Santa met these characters and moved on to met others that would help for those specific eras I do think it was an interesting story and I know there are other books in the series, so I will revisit these other books in the future for Christmas reads I think this is worth reading, but a little on the hokey side Others may not be bothered by historical characters living forever


  10. Julie F. Julie F. says:

    OK, I know that I am going to get coal in my stocking for only giving this book one star, but I call em like I read em This book follows the evolution of the Santa Claus myth starting with Saint Nicholas and ending with present day interpretations.Basically, I found the book to be poorly written Although it offers some historical information about Santa and the how traditions have evolved over time, it was done as a mostly boring and tedious timeline It starts with the actual person who eve OK, I know that I am going to get coal in my stocking for only giving this book one star, but I call em like I read em This book follows the evolution of the Santa Claus myth starting with Saint Nicholas and ending with present day interpretations.Basically, I found the book to be poorly written Although it offers some historical information about Santa and the how traditions have evolved over time, it was done as a mostly boring and tedious timeline It starts with the actual person who eventually becomes known as St Nicholas Then he suddenly becomes magical and doesn t age He travels around Europe and eventually America observing famous events and running into historical figures who either join him and stop aging themselves, or help him out in some other way and keep his secret The premise could have been fun, but ended up like a hokey grade school history lesson.I was hoping for a fun, adventerous fluff read for the holidays Instead the only thing I can say about this book is Bah, Humbug


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