Monday, January 1, 2018

The Autobiography of Santa Claus, as told to Jeff Guinn (author), John H. Mayer (narrator)

Listen & Live Audio, December 2004 (original publication 1994)

Nicholas of Myra, the Bishop of Myra, eventually St. Nicholas, was the real, historical bishop who became the basis of St. Nicholas/Father Christmas/Santa Claus, beloved gift-giver to children at the darkest time of the year.

This is Nicholas of Myra's own story, in his own words, of how he became Santa Claus. It's light, upbeat story for the holiday season, as Nicholas and slowly growing band of helpers both create Christmas traditions, and respond to traditions that develop without their help.

They meet many historically important figures along the way, but while no one is allowed to look too bad, as the story stays suitable for all ages, there's also care taken to not introduce any obvious historical inaccuracies. Nicholas, eventually preferring "Santa," avoids getting involved in any doctrinal controversies except whether or not Christmas should be celebrated--he's obviously on the pro-Christmas side of that one. As a result, any family that does celebrate Christmas should be able to safely enjoy this book or audiobook with their children.

It's light, fun, and an interesting look at the growth of Christmas customs over the centuries.

I bought this audiobook.