What happens when a con artist decides to save Christmas?
It’s a piece of Christmas history you’ve probably never heard before…and it’s a doozy! At the turn of the 20th century, children's letters to Santa Claus were piling up in post offices, and nobody knew what to do with them.
But along came John Gluck, a workaday customs agent who thought that playing Santa could be his his ticket to fame and fortune—even if it meant getting a little shady.
It's the strange, rollicking—and entirely true—story of the Santa Claus Association. Join Christmas Past on Thanksgiving Day for an unforgettable story populated by movie stars, government agents, bullfighters, a playboy mayor, an art thief, U.S. presidents, and gun-toting boy scouts.
My Dear Santa: A True Crime Christmas Caper is created in partnership with New York Times bestselling author, Alex Palmer. His book, The Santa Claus Man, is available in print, ebook, and audio formats.