Interview with Santa Sal Lizard-Being Santa Claus + Review
Happy Thanksgiving America!
It's almost time for Black Friday but before you get out there to shop til you drop I've got the interview you'll need before you head out the door. Sal Lizard aka Santa and I sat down a few years ago when his new book Being Santa Claus came out and it's become tradition for me to re-post it every year. Enjoy!
Publication date: 10/29/2013
A veteran Santa reveals heartwarming true stories and lessons from his twenty-year career spreading Christmas magic.
With the holiday shopping season beginning earlier each year, more than ever. Americans are struggling to remember the true meaning of Christmas. And who better to deliver the gift of Christmas inspiration than a man who has spent the last two decades playing Santa?
mean Santa, I know you’re terribly busy this time of year so thank you so
much for taking time to visit us at The Reading Frenzy.
My pleasure, Debbie.
Tell us a little
about the book Being Santa Claus. People frequently
ask me what it's like to be Santa. I think that this book gives a
glimpse of some of the things and people who happened to me as I matured into a
professional Santa. It explains, to many, why I do what I do.
Is there a reason
that you wrote the book now? I'd like to say something like, "Because this is the time when
such a book is needed" but it was really because I ran into Jonathan Lane
and he talked me into "a collaboration" to tell my stories to a wider
Can you give us one
humorous example out of the book? In one of the
chapters, I tell of a little girl who asked me my name while standing in a
checkout line. I asked who she thought I was and she said, "I think
you're Santa Claus." I told her that she
should be really good and she replied, "I am! I'm not even
peeing in my underpants!"
Do you only portray
the Americanized version of Santa? Well, I do have a kilt and used to appear to in it for Scottish
families that requested it.
What’s your favorite
Christmas song? "Santa Claus is
Coming to Town," of course!
there be another book? Gosh, I hope so! There are still stories to tell and I would love the
opportunity to tell them. I guess it all depends on how this book sells.
Do you have any
events or signings? As a matter of
fact, I do! My appearance list can be found here- and you can book a visit with me there too!
Thank you so much for
answering these few questions Sal. As you know I loved the book. I think it
should be required reading for treating Grinch like symptoms around
the holidays. It’s inspiring, touching, it was very heartfelt. Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful review! I have
been hearing from many how my book is helping them through some difficulty. One
reader told me that she was going to give her sister (who is going through a
tough divorce) a copy to cheer her up!
Good luck with the book. Thank you so much
for helping me share info about the book, and helping with its success!
Merry Christmas. Same to you! And to all of your readers, too!
by Santa's website here for touching, heartfelt and funny pictures, stories and to find out
where Santa will be.
of Being Santa Claus
Sal Lizard knows what
it means to be Santa Claus; he knows the heartfelt and
heartbreaking realities it brings every time he donned the red suit. He spent
two decades learning from his mistakes and making miracles. He learned valuable
life lessons from the smallest individuals. He laughed and he cried but he
never took for granted the responsibility that came
with Being Santa Claus.
For over 20 years,
starting as a fluke and practical joke and ending as a career Sal Lizard takes
us through the ups and downs, the laughter and tears and the true magic he
found when he put on the red suit and became Santa Claus. He mentions his
most poignant moments and his most trying. We’ll get to meet his family, the
clients that called upon him year after year and some very creative ways to
make all his stops and fulfill all the requests. He takes us through his time
as a mall Santa to his special pajama visits on Christmas Eve. He’ll
tell us stories about the youngest lap visit to the oldest. The naughty and
nice lists that were always checked twice and the ever-present candy cane.
If you’re looking for a really great kickoff to get you in the Christmas Spirit
this little, easy to read and emotional book should be first on your
list. If you’ve lost the spirit or know someone who has just slip this little
treasure into the stocking and those spirits will come back.
I only have one thing to say to Sal Lizard aka Santa. I still believe.
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