The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
Published by Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin
The Autobiography of Santa Claus mixes fact with legend as Saint Nick himself tells the story of how he became the famous Santa.
I’ve had this novel on my shelves for a few years and finally was inspired to pick it up just before the beginning of December, kicking off my Christmas season with a Christmas read! It was the perfect way for me to begin the season as The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a fun book full of holiday magic.
What I most liked about the novel is how much fact is mixed in with the legend of Saint Nick. Saint Nicholas, as most people know, was a real person, best known for his miracles and his love of gift-giving. He is now the patron saint of sailors, merchants, and many more in several countries. The legend of how this one man became the basis for Santa Claus is told thoroughly and with plenty of humor in this novel.
The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a wonderful book for anyone looking to celebrate the Christmas season. I would absolutely recommend reading it before or during the holidays as a little reminder of how much fun it can be to believe in the unseen forces behind the gifts under our trees!