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Love Santa: A Different Kind of Christmas Story Paperback – October 1, 2002

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Proving that there's hope for the jaded to find joy during Christmas season madness, writer and performer Glassman recounts how she beat many years of holiday blues through a charity called Operation Santa Claus. Growing up in a suburban family she calls "ethnically Jewish, pop culturally pro-Noel," Glassman envied her classmates' robust feasts, silvery tinsel and pretty carols. In comic, sharply observed detail, she relays her parents' mangling of traditions and laments their spiritual misdirection, "a serious case of Robert Frost meets Dante gone wrong." Attempting to make up for her family's lack of authentic "Christmas spirit," Glassman tries to create the perfect aura of Christmas each holiday season. She's unsuccessful until she discovers Operation Santa Claus, which gives people the chance to answer a letter to Santa Claus-a request for a new coat or a kitten-that might otherwise end up in the dead letter office. With pleas from two kids and a mom, Glassman braves crowds, bizarre Brooklyn shops and exhausting lines at the post office to fulfill their Christmas needs (and to get in touch with a concept she'd forgotten about since Hebrew school: tzedaka, or anonymous charity), thereby coming to understand that the art of giving is the best tradition of all. While her cliched New Yorker-ish obsessions become tiresome, Glassman's amusing asides on her childhood, her commitment to Operation Santa Claus (she performs the book as a monologue in her one-woman show to promote the charity), and real letters from needy children to Santa make this a unique and genuine holiday tale.
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About the Author

Sharon Glassman is a writer/performer who creates heart-defrosting stories and shows, including the holiday show on which this book is based. She has been featured in Time Out New York and The Village Voice. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446679453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446679459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,016,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading "Love Santa" by Sharon Glassman, I was reminded that one person can make a difference. Like many other people who get caught up in the whirlwind of their own life, I too did not pause to reflect upon the meaning of the holiday season and the true spirit behind gift giving. Sharon's book is a wake up call to everyone to count your blessings and think of the less fortunate.
In addition, her story is cleverly written with huge doses of humor, and one I would recommend for tweens to seniors.
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The first thing I did when I got home was unpack my letters and put them on top of my desk so they could breathe. Then I steamed some spinach in a warm filtered-water mist, read a book, and went to sleep. Then at four o'clock the next morning, I woke up in a cold sweat. I had gone from being an independent single woman to being the sole provider of Christmas for three innocent children. What had I been thinking? ~Sharon Glassman

Sharon Glassman instantly captured my attention with her modern journal about her adventures that lead up to the first entry on December 22nd at 2 A.M. Not the time of day one expects to find anyone at a post office. However, the all-night main Manhattan post office on Thirty-third Street and Eighty Avenue is where we find the author waiting in line, observing her surroundings and taking the opportunity to chat with a hockey player with a French accent and irresistible smile.

Sharon Glassman's writing style is witty, modern and deliciously entertaining. Santiago Cohen's art really captured my attention and helped to give the story an additional dimension of merriment.

Sharon Glassman may well be the Bridget Jones of Christmas although the focus is much more on shopping and the story focuses on buying gifts for children. The "wish lists" to Santa are letters sent to the post office from families in need. Sharon finds herself interested in three letters and then wonders what she was thinking. She only has a few days to find the presents and get them shipped in time for Christmas.

As she recounts her own Christmas history, you can see why her desire to transform herself into a "Lace-Clad Girlfriend of Christmas" overtakes her and leads her to her dream Christmas party.
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Sharon Glassman's Love, Santa is the tender, witty and charming story of how one confused, shopping-challenged but thoroughly good-hearted young woman finds her way through the manic commercialism of the American holiday season to a deeper celebration of what it means to give. I laughed and wept in the same breath, and I came away from Ms. Glassman's book inspired to do my own part for Operation Santa Claus this season.
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Glassman's charming quest for a real Christmas is both witty and rich--a must for fans of the season and anyone who has ever wondered about the US Post Office's Operation Santa.
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I met Sharon Glassman, the author of Love, Santa, once on a warm, fall afternoon in Rye, New York. She was energetic and tiny and one of the most quick-witted people I've ever met. That day, I made a mental note to pick up a copy of her book just to see what her writing was like, and, having done so, I am happy to say her writing is much like her: funny, a little nostalgic, and winning. Love, Santa is a small book--not really long enough to curl up with, but a nice little gift book. It recounts the author's amusing struggle to fit in with a holiday that can obviously be a bit awkward for a kid growing up Jewish in America. Happily, Sharon seems finally to have found a way to make peace with Christmas--and then some. All in all, a nice little story.
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