Scared of Santa

Scared of Santa

Scenes of Terror in Toyland

By Denise Joyce; Nancy Watkins

William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062204585, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2012


He's huge and hairy and hulking. He dresses in strange furry clothing. He sneaks into people's homes at night.Who wouldn't be afraid of . . . Santa Claus ? ?

Nothing says Christmas quite like innocent children shrieking with terror as a stranger dressed in red drags them kicking and screaming onto his lap. Now this time-honored rite of passage is celebrated with a hilarious collection of more than two hundred and fifty priceless photos of kids' traumatic trips to Santa's workshop. Scared of Santa offers a cornucopia of photographic funnies--from sixty-year-old family heirlooms to last year's howlers--along with delightful commentary on those unforgettable childhood visits to scary ol' Saint Nick.

About the Author

Denise Joyce is a longtime editor for the Chicago Tribune and has the gold watch to prove it. She and her husband have two grown children; their behavior supports the theory that one out of every two children is terrified of Santa—and clowns.