The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was published in 1902. In typical L. Frank Baum fashion, the story of Santa is filled with marvelous creatures: nymphs and fairies, and Knooks, and Ryls. In Baum’s version of Santa’s life, Santa is an abandoned child. The creatures of the Forest of Burzee adopt him and rise Santa to manhood. But then Santa discovers his goal in Life: to make children happy. Santa starts with carved toys and then branches out. The story of how the reindeer become part of Christmas is charming, too. Those of you who’ve read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series know what to expect: delight!