Thursday, December 17, 2015

Naughty & Nice: My True-Life Adventure with Santa Claus by John Phythyon



Holiday Hilarity!
Every child adores Santa Claus. Every child dreams of catching Santa in front of their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, watching him work his magic, and maybe even taking a ride in that famous sleigh.

John Phythyon was not every child.

While every kid dreams of meeting Kris Kringle, John was obsessed. Every year on Thanksgiving Day, he would begin planning mad schemes to catch Santa Claus in the act, determined he would at last meet that jolly, old elf in person. And on December 24, 1977, this annual ritual would finally pay off.

In this laugh-out-loud mini-memoir, John tells the story of Christmas as a Midwestern kid in the 1970's. He recounts his adventures surviving Wisconsin winters, battling with his brother over who got to look at the Sears Wish Book, of how, despite his best efforts, he kept slipping off Santa's Nice List and onto the Naughty one, and of his burning desire to meet the One, True Santa Claus in action. If you liked Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story, you'll love this quick, hilarious read about a child who took meeting Santa way too far. Funny, charming, and sentimental, "Naughty & Nice: My True-Life Adventure with Santa Claus" is a perfect holiday treat that conjures up the spirit of Christmases past.

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