The Red Suit Diaries

A Real-Life Santa on Hopes, Dreams, and Childlike Faith

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Tom Brokaw said it best about the author: This Santa "can only be described as the real thing." With warmth, humor, and wonder, Ed Butchart shares his stories as a professional Santa Claus in The Red Suit Diaries.
Deftly combining his Santa persona with his passion for God, Butchart reveals himself as a once-hardened Marine who found Jesus and began to serve others in unusual ways. Readers who open The Red Suit Diaries will find themselves transfixed-from Santa's day job refurbishing medical equipment for the disabled, to the sweetest of secrets whispered in Santa's ear and written in letters, and the story of how he unknowingly found "Mrs. Claus."
Woven throughout is a faith-and a joy of giving-that energizes Butchart's mission to spread love to all kinds of children and adults. This fun-spirited, inspirational read will delight collectors of Christmas books and anyone who's a child at heart.

The Author

  1. Ed Butchart

    Ed Butchart

    Ed Butchart has been Stone Mountain's official Santa Claus in Atlanta, Georgia, for eighteen years. He also runs a year-round workshop and ministry, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, which refurbishes wheelchairs and medical equipment for those in need....

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"Enjoy this book as a different kind of Christmas story -- one that embodies the true spirit of the season." CBA Marketplace, November, 2003.

"These delightful stories are heartwarming, humorous, and poignant. Not only will readers enjoy this book during the Christmas season, but all the year through." Christian Retailing, December, 2003.

"A Jesus-believing, professional Santa shares his secrets, inspiring kids of all ages to live out the love of Christ year-round." CCM, October, 2003.

"'My goal is to let kids feel the love of Christ through me.'" Butchart quoted in Charisma, December, 2003.

"Through his diary entries, Butchart conveys his desire to inspire hope to readers while emulating the characterisitics of Jesus." CCM, December, 2003.

"Butchart gets as much out of his Santa role as he puts into it, and that's a lot." Richmond Times Dispatch, December, 2003.

"Like the season itself, this book brings both laughter and tears." Southern Living, December, 2003.

"To Butchart, a devout Christian, his Santa Claus role is a calling and his work with the disabled is a ministry. He describes how both evolved in his new book, 'The Red Suit Diaries.' It's filled with heartwarming - and heartbreaking - stories... 'I had been in the Marine Corps and thought I had value,' Butchart says. 'I had been a salesman and had some value. But there was a feeling of emptiness. I didn't discover how really valuable I was until I began to do for other people, and I had no expectation of anything in return... Everybody can be somebody's Santa Claus...'" USA TODAY, December, 2003.

"Filled to the rim with heartwarming, humorous recollections of humanitarianism, 'The Red Suit Diaries' will make you laugh just as often as it will make you cry, and at the end of this book, you too will 'believe.'" Knoxville News Sentinel, December, 2003.

"It is no surprise that this memoir is both inspirational, upbeat and quite touching." Denver Post, December, 2003.

"Sometimes humorous and usually touching... Butchart was often able to teach children the real meaning behind Christmas." ADVANCE, December, 2003.

"He was bitten by the Good Deed Bug... but it is his stories of the children that really touch the heart and make this small volume a treasure..." Lubbock News, December, 2003.

"Butchart's Santa is different from others in more than his uncanny resemblance to the jolly old elf and his annual professional appearances, but also in his commitment to people of all ages that span the entire year." The Atlanta Journal Constitution, December, 2003.

"'Red Suit Diaries' is a moving memoir, a story of hope, love and dreams through the eyes of both adults and children." Green Bay Press Gazette, December, 2003.