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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.

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.

- Debbie Haupt, The Reading Frenzy

 

For the child in every one of us remembering the magic of the Christmas season, he takes us back to the sheer happiness and anticipation of the holiday with his cheerful yet wacky takes in his chapters...

What does it take to become Santa Claus?  Lizard, a regular guy, transformed into the symbol of Christmas after his hair started going white in his 20s.  With a heady blend of humor and sentiment, the author explains his role as a positive, affirming figure in the public pageantry surrounding the gala winter holiday, citing his joy from the kids' utter adoration, and making wishes come true.  Although Lizard sometimes views the grownups as an occupational hazard, he dons the red velvet costume, answers any pee-wee question, and treats every child "with love, dignity, and respect."  For the child in every one of us remembering the magic of the Christmas season, he takes us back to the sheer happiness and anticipation of the holiday with his cheerful yet wacky takes in his chapters, "What Would Santa Do?" and "He Knows If You've Been Bad Or Good."  If you want to begin to believe again in yuletide mirth and merriment, this book is the perfect sales pitch for the winter classic from a nutty professional Santa, the most effective antidote for sales, bargain and commercialism.

- PublishersWeekly.com

This is a must read for the upcoming Christmas season.

Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to...and to quote Susan in Miracle on 34th Street...'I believe...I believe...It's silly, but I believe.' You'll believe too when you read this book! Sal Lizard is truly Santa Claus and he has turned me from cynic to a true believer. I read this book from cover to cover in just a few hours.....I couldn't put it down! The only time I was disappointed was when I turned the last page and had to close the book.

Mr. Lizard.....excuse me.....Santa tells of his life as the Genuine Santa. His stories left me chuckling (or perhaps Ho Ho Hoing is a better term) over some stories and tearing up over others. This is a must read for the upcoming Christmas season. This wonderful and unique man has helped me to realize that Santa really does exist and I thank him for that. For anyone who is planning on playing Santa, this book should be your manual.

- Debi Parm, LibraryThing.com