Glenn Heald Tells Tales of the Real Santa in ‘Santa Talks!’

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Santa’s origins revealed in new book

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The candy cane forms the letter J to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth

In Glenn Heald’s new book “Santa Talks!: The Life Story of Saint Nicholas” (published by iUniverse), he seeks to tell the truth behind the mysterious man named Chris Cringle and what each Christmas item really means.

In the first part of the book, Heald weaves a magical tale about the “real” Santa who first appeared in historical texts sometime in the fourth century A.D. He explains how Nicholas began life in a monastery studying with monks after his parents died, and, when older, took to the streets to spread cheer and joy to everyone he passed.

In the second part of the book, Heald shines light onto what each Christmas object, candy cane, Christmas tree, ect…, really means through a tale about his meeting with Santa Claus one evening. He uses his beliefs in Jesus Christ to sew a Christian meaning into each piece explaining how each has been lost through time.

An excerpt from “Santa Talks!”:

“The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy—white to symbolize the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the church, and the firmness of God’s promises. The candy cane forms the letter J to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth. It also represents the Good Shepherd’s crook, which he uses to reach down into all ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs, which, like all sheep, have gone astray. The original candy cane had three small red stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received and by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of eternal life.”

About the Author
Glenn Heald served in the United States Air Force and, upon retiring, became a Santa. He has performed as an entertainer and magician for over 48 years. Heald lives in Macon, Ga., where he anxiously awaits Christmas every year.

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