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Diary of a Mall Santa

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  299 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Santa entertains us with his favorite "tales from the front." Each story recounts a real life moment with children or adults during the days leading up to Christmas. Some stories are tender and amusing; others are heartbreaking -- yet all are true.

These stories are for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other adults. However, by sharing them with children, you risk
Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published July 30th 2012 by Stewart Scott
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Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-free, memoir
I'm only 56% done with the book and I can't stand it anymore. I very rarely write negative reviews, especially not of free books, and ESPECIALLY not of memoirs. I feel like giving a negative review of a memoir is almost like putting someone down. However, this Santa doesn't seem to mind judging people and putting them down, so I'm sure he won't mind if I do the same. When I saw that this was free on Amazon I was excited - I love memoirs and it's perfect for Christmas. From the very beginning I c ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. The author says he's a stickler for grammar but there is clearly some issues that need to be resolved with his writing. Then there's his claim, "well I don't judge" but there are clear passages and entries where he is seriously judging, such as a pregnant teenager and her boyfriend, even though they're obviously over 18. The amount of judgment he hands out is unnecessary - and it really only bothers me because it's a hypocritical action (he says at t ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really need to stop downloading these free Kindle books based on a 4.5 star rating based on 7 reviews. Obviously, those reviews are from the author and family/friends. The book is made up of short little stories-none of which came as a surprise. Okay, some children are terrified of Santa Claus, other children come to Santa with big, big problems, grown-ups also sneak in to see Santa which makes his day. Got it. Maybe I was in a Grinch mood, but I'm thanking my lucky stars that this book was fr ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a very cool account of what mall Santas go through and witness everyday. Many of the entries were heartwarming and made your eyes kind of misty. Its awesome to see this man embrace everyone, not just children. I will admit that some of the parents in here shouldn't be parents at all with how they treated their children. This book definitely makes you appreciate what you have for the holidays. I totally give this guy major kudos for being an a outstanding Santa for everyone he met, belie ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
100+ short entries of his stint as a mall Santa. Heart-warming and heart-wrenching stories. Apparently Scott worked as a Director of a Homeless Shelter. This book is devoid of modern-day political correctness as Scott refused to say Happy Holidays. It's MERRY CHRISTMAS! Kudo's to him. He even shares about the true Christmas story. Not what I expected and a pleasure to read. Nothing deep. No writing awards here. Every meal doesn't have to a be culinary masterpiece. This was a simple and satisfyin ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is a series of too-short little observations from the author's weeks as a mall Santa. While some of them are touching, most just come across with an air of judgment and superiority -- something I see more than enough of on a daily basis and don't need from someone claiming to represent a symbol of love or hope. Mr. Scott seems a bit too sheltered and uptight to make a living interacting with the public.
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I loved this book! The Diary of a Mall Santa is filled with stories that made me chuckle, some that brought a tear to my eyes, and others that made me want to be a better parent. I can only imagine what this man had to witness and even though some people thought his writing was incredibly judgemental I found it refreshing.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute memoir of one Christmas season as seen through the eyes of Santa. His brief quips on encounters with both children and adults are entertaining and sometime heart breaking. I wondered if child/Santa exchanges were always the child saying what they wanted for Christmas. As I learned this is not always the case. Very interesting read and appropriate for this time of year.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Quick read. I liked the stories, but didn't need "the moral of the story" throughout the book.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
A fluff book of little substance. Mildly interesting insight. Feels like a "faith journey" documented in a blog.
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