WBUR News

David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'07:19

Play
 (iStockphoto.com)closemore
(iStockphoto.com)

You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

Copyright NPR 2016.

Share

Support the news

Next Up

Where to now?

More NPR or Explore Audio.