As a young boy in Kentucky, Charles Edward Hall firmly believed in Santa, no matter what people tried to tell him, he believed. He remembers clearly one Christmas during a family Christmas party he glanced out the window and saw the Big Guy himself standing there, how could he not believe? But life happened and Charles got out of Kentucky and went to New York City determined to become a famous actor. But life happened and audition after audition passed him buy with no role offered. Until one day he was offered the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge, which happened to be pretty appropriate after a few rough years. But it was a dual role, he also had to be Santa Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Santa Claus is for Real is the story of his first year as Santa Claus. He had some magical help, but that role transformed his life. And nearly thirty years later Charles Edward Hall is still the Radio City Spectacular Santa.
Santa Claus Is for Real is a real quick read at 208 pages, but it packs quite a message. The magic of Santa lives in all of us. We all have that opportunity to make Christmas magical for someone else. Whether it be helping an elderly lady across the street or become a "Layaway Angel" - there is something you can do to make Christmas magical. That is the message that I took away from this book anyway.
Bottom line, even though today is Christmas Eve it is still not too late to make Christmas a little magical for someone. We all have a little Santa Claus in us just begging to be released. What do you think you could do today to make Christmas magical for someone?
- Santa Claus Is for Real by Charles Edward Hall
- Pages: 208
- Publisher: Galley Books
- Publication Date: October 14, 2014