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The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
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Dec 07, 08

did not like it
bookshelves: adult-fantasy
Recommended for: no one, really
Read in December, 2008

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 a more capable writer...

And OK we get it-- Santa's fat! Did the author have to mention this on practically every page?

What drivel.
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Diane Amen!

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Lillie Who wrote The Santa Land Diaries? Can't find it on Goodreads.

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