The True Story of Santa

The History, The Traditions, The Magic

He's a symbol of hope and hapiness, of generosity and benevolence. Santa Clause is simply one of the most beloved legends ever embraced. The Story of Santa explores the history of Father Christmas. Who is he, really? Where did he come from? (His origins may surprise you!) Why does he fulfill our wishes? And what can we learn from him? 

He's become a ubiquitous figure during the Christmas season with his white beard, red suit, and prominent belly, but just how much do those celebrating the happy holiday really know about Santa Claus? Here is the whole story from the beginning—including the pre-Santas like Sinterklaas, Father Christmas, and of course, St. Nicholas.  

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates all things Santa ranging from the much-loved poem "The Night Before Christmas" to the songs, movies, images, and stories that are loved by both young and old. Along the way, it explores the favorite stories that have sprung up around him, including Santa’s elves, his workshop, Santa’s beloved reindeer and the legend of Mrs. Claus and the North Pole abode where she and her husband make their home. You'll even learn the secret to how Santa has time to visit every house around the world in just one night (a mathematician explains how it’s physically possible).

Janet Giovanelli is a longtime writer and editor specializing in entertainment and pop culture. While she has interviewed some of today’s top celebrities—Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson to name a few—there is no one who fascinates her more than the jolly old elf in the plush red suit. She lives in Manhasset, NY with her husband, who (begrudgingly) helps her hang over 300 ornaments on their tree, and her triplet children, who have banned her from playing Christmas music in the house before Thanksgiving.