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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Do you ever wonder where Santa came from? In How I Became Santa Clause, we find out exactly how he became what he is today. Christopher Claus Kringle was born January 1st, 1900, which was well over a hundred years ago in New York City. He was a smart child who had parents that taught him how to read at an early age. When he was a boy, children did not receive gifts under the Christmas tree, until one year he decided to spend his money on gifts for his family and then wrapping them to be placed underneath the tree. Soon he was giving presents to all the children in the area. He kept his gift-giving a secret until his brother Wally found out, followed by his parents. They agreed to keep his secret and helped build and create the toys that Kringle would deliver. He met the elves on one of his flying trips and came across the North Pole. The elves were the first to call him Santa Claus. After Santa married the woman he loved, they moved to the North Pole where they are expected to live a very long time, thanks to the cold. He continues to give gifts every year and loves his job. He also encourages children to write to him.
I thought How I Became Santa Clause was a very fun and interesting read. It took a direction I wasn’t expecting but I loved it. I liked how Santa was born just an ordinary person, but from a young age onward was connected with some very important people in history. How Chris’s father worked at the Hershey chocolate factory and how he would help out there as a boy. How he knew Henry Ford and his family making Teddy bears to honor President Theodore Roosevelt. I also liked how it explained when he sent things that children that they might not have asked for but he knew what they needed, such as giving Paul McCartney a guitar instead of a trumpet, and how Shirley Temple wanted a Raggedy Anne doll but instead got dancing, singing and acting lessons which helped launch her career. There are tiny bits of history mixed in with Santa’s own. The photographs were great to look at and gave us an image of what was going on in the story. I thought Chris Kringle has delivered a very unique and memorable biography and I cannot wait to read more of his tales as the big man in red.