I got to see Becoming Santa at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck this year, and I loved it. And now, with Christmas bearing down on us, the movie is coming out on DVD. In a welcome turn of events, I received a review copy so I could take another look.
In this documentary, Jack Sanderson decides to immerse himself in the culture of Santa Claus for a season. He bleaches his hair and beard, gets a custom made Santa suit, and attends Santa School. Along the way, a host of professional Santas and Santa historians weigh in. It’s a fascinating and amusing look at a subculture that you’ve probably never thought about.