Becoming Santa

| December 2, 2011

From the studio that brought you the lighthearted and hilarious romantic comedy Mark of Love comes Becoming Santa, a heartwarming documentary sure to put any scrooge into the Christmas spirit.
After the loss of his parents fairly close to the holiday season, Jack Sanderson’s Christmas spirit was gone. The holiday became a time of tragedy that he wanted to avoid at all costs. But, as the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” and Sanderson does just that. He decides that the best way to get back into the Christmas spirit is to become Santa Claus and share the spirit of Christmas with others.
From bleaching his beard and hair to attending Santa School, Sanderson does everything he can to ensure that he provides as many children as he can with the full Santa experience. It’s a funny and entertaining documentary that is sure to bring everyone who watches it into the Christmas spirit.
In Becoming Santa, we meet lots of men who live their lives as Santa, from the owner of a halfway house to a used car salesman. Their stories are as touching as they are unique. Viewers also learn a little bit about the (sometimes controversial) history of Santa Claus, from St. Nicholas’s good deeds in 300 AD to the invention of an American Santa Claus by Coca Cola in the 1970s. There are true stories as well as myths and personal beliefs that people have about the man in red and his tiny little helpers.
The film is sure to inform people about the man they thought they knew so much about, and to make them laugh. Jack Sanderson has a great sense of humor, and he makes for a very clever, witty Santa Claus. He has all the Santa-isms down. As Santa School instructor Susen Mesco puts it, “he’s gonna be one of the top Santas in the world if he continues with this.”
Becoming Santa features some great, upbeat and non-traditional versions of Christmas carols. The soundtrack is cool, and captures the heart of this modern-day Santa.
In the end, Becoming Santa reminds us that Christmas is not about expensive gifts and perfect decorations and dinners, just as being Santa isn’t about being paid. It’s about bringing joy and love and a sense of peace to the world through simple, random acts of kindness. It’s about making children smile. Seeing the children’s faces light up in this film is priceless, and while Sanderson learns that being Santa requires a lot of hard work, making a child happy in the end makes it all worthwhile.

About the Author:

Caress is a Chicagoan who has a deep fascination with film. Her love for movies began as an undergraduate at Roosevelt University, where her teacher suggested she write a movie review. Caress' favorite genres include indie dramas, foreign films, experimental films, and psychological thrillers. When she's not watching movies, Caress enjoys writing, photography, travel, fashion and music.
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