Santa & Sam: A Christmas Story


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By Larry Bielat with Chris Warner. Sam Adams is a retired professor with a bad heart. He lives alone with his aging cat in the home he shared for 46 years with his recently departed wife. Christmas is two weeks away and this one will be special. Sam s only son, Roger, and his two grandchildren, are coming home. After learning the joyous news, Sam scrambles to make a holiday home the way his wife once did. He soon realizes it is much hard work; as well as the humbling fact that more than one of his friends and neighbors will likely not have a Christmas as good as his unless someone helps them out. After many anxious days of careful preparations, Sam is devastated to learn just hours before the holiday that his son and his family will not be joining him. Roger s mother-in-law has had a stroke, and she needs them by her side. Sam feigns a steely resolve for his son s sake, and then predictably goes into the tank. Sam awakes from his stupor with an Epiphany–the real joy of Christmas comes from making others happy. He quickly gets to work, donning the faded old Santa Claus outfit from his teaching days. Using the presents he intended for his family, Sam sets out to affect the true reason of the season by sharing them with his needy friends and neighbors, who are overjoyed by his generosity and kindness. Through a series of timely flashbacks we learn of Sam s lifelong, magical, mysterious relationship with Santa Claus, and how he and Sam worked together for years to make Christmas special for so many. A story of the human capacity to love and be loved, Santa & Sam is a heartfelt contemplation of mankind s most enduring mystery, as well as a lasting celebration of a cherished international holiday tradition.

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about the author

Chris Warner

A native of New Iberia, Louisiana (1970), Chris Warner is a double graduate of LSU in Baton Rouge and of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a doctorate in 2002. He is the author of over twenty titles, including "A Tailgater's Guide to SEC Football Volume IV," which landed him on the History Channel documentary, "Tailgating" with Tom Arnold in 2004. He is the co-author of "The Wagon to Disaster" with Aaron Beam, former HealthSouth CFO. The title was featured on CNBC's American Greed in 2009. He is also the author of "Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama" with Joe Gilchrist, and a related novel, "Saved at the Alabama-Florida Line." He lives with his family in L.A. (Lower Alabama). Chris is also a noted speaker, offering the favored keynote address, “The History of College Football in the South, the History of the SEC and the History of Tailgating” to various SEC alumni groups, Rotary, Kiwanis and football fan clubs.

Larry Bielat

Larry Bielat - A native of Detroit, Michigan and lifelong mentor, teacher and storyteller, Bielat was a former college and pro football assistant coach (Michigan State & Dallas Cowboys) before venturing into broadcasting and publishing. He is a former radio and television broadcaster and author of seven books, including "The History of Michigan State Football" and "Winning Words of Champions."