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

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

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Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas by Sal Lizard, Jonathan Lane

A veteran Santa reveals heartwarming true stories and lessons from his twenty-year career spreading Christmas magic.

With the holiday shopping season beginning earlier each year, more than ever.  Americans are struggling to remember the true meaning of Christmas. And who better to deliver the gift of Christmas inspiration than a man who has spent the last two decades playing Santa?

Sal Lizard was in his twenties when his beard and hair turned completely white.  Today he appears everywhere from malls and parades to schools and hospitals. And— from his custom-made red velvet suits to the mistletoe that hangs from the rearview mirror in his Santa-mobile—he is Santa Claus three hundred and sixty-five days a year. 

In Being Santa Claus Sal reflects on his experiences with both children and adults including:

  • Christmas magic is all around us: We don’t always see it, but it is there, shaping and enriching our lives.
  • Sometimes you need to go that extra mile:Santa Claus is the one person who can’t even use a blizzard as an excuse not to honor his commitments, and Sal teaches adults the importance of always showing up for our children.
  • Even a small child can make a big difference:  Sal has met some impressive children over the years, and he’s learned that you don’t need to be a grown-up to make an impact on the world around you.

In Being Santa Claus Sal shares these lessons, along with often heartwarming, occasionally heartbreaking, and sometimes downright hysterical stories from his twenty-year career as Santa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592407569
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/08/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sal Lizard has been playing Santa Claus professionally for more than twenty years. He lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda (aka Mrs. Claus).

Jonathan Lane has worked both as a teacher and as a creative director for Nestle’s Willy Wonka Web site. He lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

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Praise for BEING SANTA CLAUS:

"For the child in every one of us this Christmas season, he takes us back to the sheer happiness and anticipation of the holiday."
—Publishers Weekly

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Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guy_G More than 1 year ago
Sal Lizard Being Santa Claus = Me Being Blessed. I like reading military history quite a bit, but this book has managed to be my favorite non-fiction book since I first read it in 2012. Many of the stories told in this book will make you feel so good! Reading this book never fails to put a smile on my face, and the Christmas spirit in my heart. Mr. Lizard was blessed to look like Santa Claus and adapt the spirit of the seasonal icon into his life, and I (will most likely be we if you read it) have been blessed by the authors sharing that experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Cropsy2012 More than 1 year ago
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.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This "Santa" (aka Sal Lizard) lost complete credibility today when he was on Fox News (Fox & Friends with Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy) and stated that a few years back "I started showing up at Christmas parties and was told that, um, they were having holiday parties and so therefore they didn't need a Santa anymore". Sure. Totally believable. Not. Come on, let's face it, this guy is a paid-for-hire Santa.