Life and Adventures of Santa Claus


Life and Adventures of Santa ClausThe Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

3 of 5 stars

This novella tells the story of Santa Claus, raised by a nymph in the Forest of Burzee, friend to forest creatures, and generous giver of gifts to the poor and downtrodden.

So he loaded a great sack with all kinds of toys, slung it upon his back that he might carry it more easily, and started off on a longer trip than he had yet undertaken.

Borrowing much from pagan lore, the author of the Wizard of Oz series paints a quaint and likable picture of the jolly old man that’s so popular around this time of year.  As I mentioned previously, we don’t follow in the tradition of Santa giving gifts to our kids, but I was interested to hear some of the stories surrounding him anyways, so that we can tell our children as they get older and start questioning, where these traditions came from.

I liked that Baum brought into this tale many of the traditions which people believe about Santa — how he got started with his toymaking, why he uses reindeer, why children hang up stockings, and why he only comes one night a year.  The story was cute and, though the descriptions get rather lengthy, I could see reading this story (or at least parts of it) to my kids when they’re older.

Overall: A quaint, fairy-tale story of the mythical Santa’s origins.


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