The Autobiography of Santa Claus

by Jeff Guinn
Series: The Christmas Chronicles #1
304 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Knight of Narnia

A lovely Christmas read for all ages, with little to no objectional content.


Starting from his birth, this novel chronicles the life of Santa Clause. Famous people (such as Ben Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci) join the gift-giving campaign, and the gift-giving process gradually evolves into the red-suited, plump, down-the-chimney, stocking-filling Santa scenario we now know.


There really isn't a specific villain, and all the main characters act uprightly, giving out gifts in goodwill.

Spiritual Content

St. Nicholas is a Catholic bishop in his early years. He reminds readers that the real meaning of Christmas is Jesus, not Santa.


Marco Polo shows the gift-giving brigade gunpowder; there are some references of war, but nothing detailed.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None that I recall.

Sexual Content

Some characters kiss and get married over the years. Nothing more.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None that I recall.


The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a great tale with an intriguing premise. Although it occasionally reads more like a history textbook than a novel, it is a heartwarming and fun Christmas read. People of all ages would enjoy this book.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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