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Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    I have not read a book that made me want to go out and do someth

    I have not read a book that made me want to go out and do something nice for someone as much as this one did. Sal's stories from the ones that made you happy to the ones that bring a tear to your eye are so inspiring. I feel blessed to know Sal and how incredible he is but he really is Santa. So many put on the red coat out of desire to make some cash but this is far from the case here. It is amazing how the coat and hat really picked him. The first time I met Sal was in a Walmart in Portsmouth New Hampshire and right off felt like I was talking to Santa himself. My kids will hopefully meet him one of these days and know for the rest of thier lives who Santa really is. I hope you write more Sal as your life has been an adventure for sure. Thank you for making some of us see even more what the "true" meaning of Christmas is as well as your friendship.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

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    We see it every year; the men dressed in bright red suits on the

    We see it every year; the men dressed in bright red suits on the street corners, in department stores with children on their knees and even having their pictures taken with the family pets. But there is always the truth behind the facade that most of these men have nothing on their minds but the money they can make by playing one of history's most iconic legends for a couple months a year.

    For Sal Lizard it is completely different. In the book, "Being Santa Claus," it wasn't Sal that made the decision to don the crimson hat and coat but the hand that fate dealt him. Sal Lizard, a South Carolina native, has not merely played the role of Santa for several years, but instead he has become Santa to all those that know him and even some that do not. After reading this sweet, amazing, and heart-warming book I have realized there has never been another man that could have embraced and embodied the whimsical legend any better.

    Reading Sal's many stories of his beginnings and exploits as Santa is one of the best books to put you in the Christmas spirit that has ever been written. Sal Lizard, literally lives every day of the year as Santa, for those of us that get the warm, fuzzy feeling at that special time of year and think to ourselves, how much we wish it could go on forever... well that is exactly what this amazing man has achieved.

    I wholeheartedly commend him on what he does for so many both young and old and I hope he receives the good fortune of the immortality that goes with it.

    Keep doing what you do Sal and keep the true spirit of Christmas alive forever.

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  • Posted November 5, 2012

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    Your first must read of the holiday season and then every season after

    Sal Lizard knows what it means to be Santa Claus, he knows the heartfelt and heartbreaking realities it brings every time he donned the red suit. He spent two decades learning from his mistakes and making miracles. He learned valuable life lessons from the smallest individuals. He laughed and he cried but he never took for granted the responsibility that came with Being Santa Claus.
    For over 20 years, starting as a fluke and practical joke and ending as a career Sal Lizard takes us through the ups and downs, the laughter and tears and the true magic he found when he put on the red suit and became Santa Claus. He mentions his most poignant moments and his most trying. We’ll get to meet his family, the clients that called upon him year after year and some very creative ways to make all his stops and fulfill all the requests. He takes us through his time as a mall Santa to his special pajama visits on Christmas Eve. He’ll tell us stories about the youngest lap visit to the oldest. The naughty and nice lists that were always checked twice and the ever present candy cane.
    If you’re looking for a really great kickoff to get you in the Christmas Spirit this little, easy to read and emotional book should be first on your list. If you’ve lost the spirit or know someone who has just slip this little treasure into the stocking and those spirits will come back.
    I only have one thing to say to Sal Lizard aka Santa. I still believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Highly recommended

    What a great book with sweet and cute stories about a man becoming Santa Claus. I have met Sal Lizard in person, which makes the stories even more enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012


    This is an exceptionally well written book. I could not put this book down. I cheered on Mr. Sal Lizard aka: Santa or is it Santa aka: Mr. Sal Lizard? You instantly idenify with Santa and forget his alter identity. Whether you are a parent or grand parent you must read this book to enrich your life. Santa lives by the greatest principles and morals but yet is never too old to learn new ideas and keep up with technology. He has terrific ideas to add excitement to your children or grand childrens Christmas and yet build memories. I hope Santa will eventually add a second book and then some more! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOID NIGHT! HO HO HO!

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