Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
The 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.