My guest today has a long, white beard, wears a red suit, says "ho-ho-ho" a lot, and is particularly busy this time of year. His name is Sal Lizard, and he has been playing Santa Claus professionally for nearly 25 years! He started out in the early 90s as a novice, knowing nothing about how to play jolly old Saint Nick, and he soon discovered it wasn't as simple as he thought! But over the years, Santa Sal has perfected his craft and is now one of the most beloved and believable Santas you'll ever meet.
Along with co-author Jonathan Lane, Sal Lizard wrote a book full of heartwarming true stories from his decades of being Santa Claus. And, in fact, that's what the book is called: "Being Santa Claus - What I Learned About the True Meaning of Christmas."
. Do you think that you were always destined to play Santa Claus?
So how did the book "Being Santa Claus" come about? Did you just sit down one day and decide to write your memoirs?
What are some of the most challenging questions that children ask you, and how do you answer them?
One of the things you tell parents and children is that Santa Claus never promises.
What are some of the funniest things that children have said to you over the years?
Once again, the book is called "Being Santa Claus" and it's available from Amazon.com and other online retailers in hardcover, paperback, and eBook editions. There's also a website: BeingSantaClaus.com and a Facebook page at facebook.com/BeingSantaClaus. Right now, the Facebook page features daily Santa Facts, one per day.
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