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With a flowing beard of white, rosy cheeks, jolly laugh, and generous spirit, Ed Butchart is Santa-even without the red suit. This professional Santa has won hearts across the country, partly because of his day job. When not listening to children whisper secrets and wishes into his ear, Santa fixes and provides medical equipment for disabled people in need around the world. It all started more than 20 years ago when he changed the light bulb of a friend with cerebral palsy. Humbled by the huge difference a small act of goodness can cause, Butchart has since helped more than 50,000 disabled people and touched the lives of more than 500,000 adults and children who have placed their Christmas requests with him. Woven throughout The Red Suit Diaries is a faith and a love of giving that energizes Butchart's mission to spread joy to children of all ages in the name of Christ. No wonder even the most skeptical say, "I believe." Ed Butchart, an official Santa in Atlanta, Georgia, runs the year-round workshop and ministry Friends of Disabled Adults and Children. As president and founder, he's helped change the lives tens of thousands of disabled people by refurbishing wheelchairs and medical equipment. Butchart's professional Santa Claus career spans 13 years. He is married to Mrs. Claus (Annie), and they have --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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To: Kids of all ages From: You know who You don't have to wait for Christmas to open this package! Inside, professional Santa Ed Butchart shares how as a once-hardened Marine he found God and began to serve others in inspiring ways. You'll be transfixed by the adventures of this real-life Santa: -discover the joy he spreads in his year-round workshop, refurbishing medical equipment for the disabled -delight in the sweetest of secrets children whisper in Santa's ear -warm your heart with Santa's story of how he found "Mrs. Claus" You'll also enjoy Santa's personal mail, written from hopeful kids who tell Santa their good deeds and ask for some interesting things in return. From laugh-out loud funny to unforgettably moving, The Red Suit Diaries shows how everyone can celebrate the spirit of Santa-and how you can keep Christmas in your heart every day by nurturing a childlike faith that lasts all year round. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: New Visions Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 189226210X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892262103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,654,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Former Fem on February 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was told about this book right before Christmas 2004. I bought two copies and sent one to my mom. We both read and cried about this book! This is such a heart-warming book! This brings back the magic of Christmas. I really loved the end where Santa tells us grown ups why he thinks Santa helps kids have faith. It teaches them to help others, to think of others, and puts God's love and face on a very special time of year. I really liked the part when Santa is talking to a young girl that is asking him how he flies. Santa tells her that with all of God's love, her Parent's love and her love, it gives Santa the magic he needs to fly on Christmas Eve. There were several things that Mr. Butchart shared in this book that my Husband and I will use when we have kids. If you have anyone in your life that thinks telling their kids that there is a Santa is lying to their kids tell them to read this book before telling their kids that. Also if you are one of those parents that ruin the magic of Christmas for their kids please tell them to keep the information to themselves. I can't tell you how many times I've had a niece, nephew, or family friends children come home crying because some kid at school told them there is no Santa. By reading this book you will understand that most of us use Santa to help us teach our kids about God. Its a very easy quick read. I bought several copies last year to give as gifts to all of our friends and family. My Husband was transferred to GA last year and my Christmas present was to go to Stone Mtn and see Santa!! I was so excited. I waited in line with all the kids and then it was finally my turn! I went and sat on Santa's lap and told him how my family really enjoyed his book.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an inspiring true account of one man's journey from Marine to real life Santa. Ed Butchart recounts moments in his life he choose to reach out to other people in need which is one of the true forms of giving. This book will move readers through laughter and tears as you meet many children (and some adults) who have shared their hopes and dreams with Santa. The similarity between Ed and Santa is uncanny from his photo in the back of the book to the fact he has been Santa for over 15 years at a park and has an organization that distributes wheelchairs to kids in need...this book is one you will give year after year to inspire and encourage those in your life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2004
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With so many attacks on Christmas and on Santa Claus, this book is a breath of fresh air.
This man truly embodies not only the spirit of St. Nick but the true and real Christmas spirit. He relates how he got to be "Santa", stories about children and their parents, about his service to the disabled and about how children and adults do a double take when they see his real beard. Judging by the picture on the jacket of the book, I can see why. The man looks like Santa!
He also talks about the real miracle of Christmas, the birth of Jesus and how when Christmas is put in that perspective, it makes everything else about Christmas more wonderful.
It will make you laugh, it will make you cry but most of all, it will make you believe!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
THE RED SUIT DIARIES is a memoir from Ed Butchart, a man who for part of the year gets to be Santa Claus. The rest of the time he works with Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), an organization in Georgia that he founded that "provides home health (mobility and daily living) equipment to people of any age or any disability, temporary or permanent, for medically necessary and medically helpful reasons." The book gives a portion of the author's testimony as a Christian, telling how he started FODAC and how he started working as Santa Claus.

Butchart's work as Santa became an extended outreach of his ministry with FODAC. He decided early in his Santa career that he wanted Santa to be a reflection of Jesus by showing love to everyone who came to see Santa. Some of the stories in the book are humorous and some are serious and some of them are simple anecdotes and others convey an important message. They expand the reach of his career from his first day working as Santa in a large mall in Atlanta, his on-the-side Santa gigs, and his years as the official Stony Mountain Santa Claus.

I really enjoyed reading THE RED SUIT DIARIES. The book is full of love and joy. It tells why this Santa (Butchart) believes it's important for children to believe in Santa Claus and how it helps them grow in their own faith of God. One of my favorite Christmas images is the one of Santa kneeling at the manger of Jesus. There's just something really powerful about that picture. THE RED SUIT DIARIES is the literary equivalent of that image. It's a great little memoir.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ed Butchart is an amazing man. The gift of love he brings to others through his ministry is amazing. The Red Suit Diaries is a wonderful heart-warming story that will surely make you laugh and cry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrsK on January 17, 2010
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Really this is a sort of Diary from a lovely man with a warm heart that plays Santa Claus at Christmas and other times. You will be touched with some of the many lovely short stories in this book. It is the size of a novella. A quick inspiring little read which may leave you feeling like you need to do more to help others. Enjoy!
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