The Autobiography of Santa Claus

The Autobiography of Santa Claus

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by Jeff Guinn

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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 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 next thing he knew, he…  See more details below


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 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 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!

Editorial Reviews

For seven centuries, Mr. Claus toiled in his toy workshop, never succumbing to unceasing publisher requests for a potboiler celebrity autobiography. Steadfastly refusing offers from ghostwriters and co-opted Santa's helpers, he pressed on with his selfless holiday mission. Eventually, though, silver-haired Saint Nick realized that his story of ceaseless generosity might itself be a good deed, an inspiration to others. The Autobiography of Santa Claus confirms our best thoughts about a well-traveled fellow who continues to resist low-carb diets.

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"A book that deserves classic status."
—The Dallas Morning News

—Memphis Commercial Appeal

—The Kansas City Star

"The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a great tale with an intriguing premise. It is a heartwarming and fun Christmas read."
—Squeaky-Clean Reviews

"This Christmas tale combines solid historical fact with a fun, enchanting story that will make anyone a believer in Santa Claus. It's a great book for children who are questioning the existing of Santa Claus and teaches all readers, big and small, the real meaning of Christmas."
—The Examiner


"Guinn's clever premise draws on the historical roots of the commercialization of Christmas, and his Santa, who narrates, is sanguine when faced with the prospect of facing off against street corner Santas."

"I've read the two earlier books by Mr. Guinn (THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS and HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS), but I felt this one was the best. This was such a fun book to read. While the earlier books were based more on events in history, this one is set in the present. There were so many references to things common to us now - PlayStation 3, CD burners, MP3 players and iPods. Oprah and Randy, Paula and Simon from American Idol made guest appearances. It was fun to see Santa adapt to the 21st century!"
—Lynne's Little Corner of the World


"A humorous, well-written historical romp."
—Atlanta Women

"Rich in Christmas-y detail."
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Both educational and amusing."
—Library Journal

THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (all three novels in one volume):

"This elegant paperback volume makes for a delightful holiday gift for just about anyone on your Christmas shopping list. Whether it’s reading through 17 centuries of Santa’s autobiography peppered with Christmas magic, discovering how Mrs. Claus and a group of people saved Christmas from being extinct or hopping onto a sleigh ride ‘through the history of Christmas in America’, reading the book will bring Santa’s infectious good cheer into your Yuletide festivities."
—Time Out

"All three books are excellent volumes and well worth sharing with your children. In fact, Guinn cleverly separates each book into 24 chapters, allowing parents who are so inclined to read them to their children one chapter at a time, beginning on December 1 and finishing on Christmas Eve. I dearly love these books."
—Evertime Realms

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Autobiography of Santa Claus 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book brings back the magic of the season. It was very well written and definately a page turner. I was suppose to read it in 24 nights but cheated and did it in 5. I will read this every year just before the season gets going. 5 stars plus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book. I have the original version and I read it every year. I told one of the English teachers that the students of the high school should read it, research and write a paper. I'm so glad my mother gave me this book with the inscription 'Always Believe'. I'm nearing 50 and never gave up hope, this confirmed it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a joyful read. No question was left unanswered in the Santa Claus saga. We finally have the whole, true story. I received the book for Christmas. It is now circulating amongst friends and relatives and I am buying three additional copies to give as gifts. This book is a MUST for every person whoever believed in Santa Claus ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a fantastic book that answers all of those nagging questions of how and why for both you and your kids. A definite read for all ages, although the very young won¿t necessarily understand the historical references. I couldn¿t just read it one chapter per day - once I started, I had to finish it as quickly as I could. Read it as soon as you get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book to me and I love it! I would recommend it to all of my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, this very book has to be the VERY best book ever! Once you read this book you will believe for ever!!! You just got to read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun but also intelligent read. The author used historical characters to spice up the story and the story's magical feel. This book used characters like 'King' Arther for fun. Don't expect to take this read too serously, but also don't be suprised if you find yourself questioning the jolly fat man's existance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the book, but I really enjoyed sharing the experience with my children who had started to ask questions about the validity of Santa Claus....they now believe again and this book will be a tradition in our family for years to come!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a very close second to Dr. Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas... it's facts and explanations are quite remarkable and (mostly) reasonable explanations for things i however cannot give it 5 stars because of the whole Atilla the hun part.... other than that though it is a great book, well written. Kudos for Jeff Guinn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda boring in some parts but really good for getting into the christmas spirit:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 years old and am currently in sixth grade but I understand everpy single word in this book and i love it
Aspen3033 More than 1 year ago
This light, easy book is a perfect tradition for the holidays. While recreating the life story of Santa Claus from his childhood to present day, Guinn offers what could be a very believable true story. It mostly mixes real historical facts mixed in with the tale of Santa Claus. What is unique and a real treat is to discover who Santa's helpers really are. With 24 chapters total, it's perfect to start on Dec. 1 and read a chapter a day until Christmas Eve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book interesting and being a history lover, the historical accounts were the most interesting to me especially the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity throughout the eastern hempisphere. I did find the chapter about Atilla the Hun too unbelievable to read with any seriousness. Anyone that has studied world history knows what a terrible barbarian & warrior Attila was and the destruction he caused. He was also a canibal and their were rumors that he ate two of his sons. He also had many wives (Dorothea was never one) and died on his wedding night of a nosebleed from excessive drinking at his wedding feast. Come on! The book turned him into a saint in a couple of pages! And meeting St. Patrick of Ireland all in the same chapter. The rest of it was delightful and a great children's read. I enjoyed reading it for the holidays. and it certainly depicted Santa Claus as we would all like to think he really was!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful book, I just started reading it, and can not put it down! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! An easy read with many history lessons included, and explanations for traditions both real and fictional. Great book for families and a treat to read. Some of the little chapter illustrations were both funny and cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story full of history and life lessons about perseverance. I read it cover to cover and loved it!! Highly recommended, especially for the cynical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book in my opinion is absolutely wonderful. You can tell that Mr. Guinn did his research. It starts with him as St. Nicholas from Myra in Turkey. Then it works it way through centuries, and reveals how he slowly turned from the much revered St. Nicholas into the world wide known figure of St. Nicholas. He also reveals all the legends about flying with reindeer and a sleigh, going up and down chimneys etc. It tells about how all of this came about. It tells this, while the same time it keeps going back and pointing out that the true meaning of Christmas, is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If you love Christmas and things about Santa Claus, you will not want to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have given up hope there is a Santa Claus, you must read this autobiography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the history and magic of this story!! My own personal Christmas tradition!!!
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B-2 More than 1 year ago
Best answer yet to a &ldquo;Dad, does Santa really exist? If yes, how does he&hellip;?&rdquo; . This is a great biography (fictional or not depends on your choice) of the original St. Nicolas of 3rd century Turkey who crossed the millennia to become the beloved modern day Santa. And the explanations how he operates and why actually make sense! Anyone from age 8 up to infinity, religious or not , Santa-skeptics and believers alike, will likely enjoy it. Importantly, the book takes the young reader through the serious yet easy to read review of the history of the world (as seen by Santa) and, of course, that of Christmas holiday. It is G-rated , but doesn&rsquo;t avoid difficult subjects in life and history, dealing with them with wisdom and tact. By definition, as a serious book about Christmas it has a Christian perspective but it is not a propaganda for or against religion; It treats secular and religious, historical and fictional , classic and modern , adult and children&rsquo;s perspectives with tolerance and balance . Heartwarming without sentimentality, funny, interesting and easy to read, preferably in December! I grade books as Buy and Keep ( BK), Read a Library Copy (RLC) and Once-I-Put-It-Down-I-Couldn&rsquo;t-Pick-It-Up (OIPD-ICPU). This one is a BK, no questions.