Christmas Music

Klara heard the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” for the first time.

“This isn’t right!” she says indignantly. “Mommies only kiss daddies and daughters!”

N also heard the song for the first time and decided it was about marital infidelity, broken families, and miserable little kids.

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23 thoughts on “Christmas Music”

  1. “N also heard the song for the first time and decided it was about marital infidelity”

    And I’m sure sure that if he heard “Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows” he’d think it’s about skin cancer, diabetes and aids….
    video link to the song (with lyrics)

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  2. I always thought that it was about a kid sneaking downstairs when their parents were setting out presents. The father’s dressed up as Santa Claus and the kid happens to walk downstairs just as they’re making out.

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    1. I always thought that it was about a kid sneaking downstairs when their parents were setting out presents. The father’s dressed up as Santa Claus and the kid happens to walk downstairs just as they’re making out.

      Yes, exactly. This is the interpretation I learned as a child decades ago.

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    2. “the kid happens to walk downstairs just as they’re making out.”

      That was my idea, but with ‘making out’ downgraded to an affectionate spontaneous kiss as they’re putting out the gifts.

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      1. He has no need to be in the costume unless it’s for kinky purposes.

        Nobody is joining me in imagining an active sex life for the couple. I think it’s because everybody identifies with the kid.

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        1. “no need to be in the costume ”

          The idea of a guy dressing up as Santa while putting out the presents has some cultural backing, not in real life but in movies or tv, the idea is that if the kids are spying they won’t be disappointed by seeing dad putting out the presents.

          “Nobody is joining me in imagining an active sex life for the couple”

          I choose to believe they have an active and fulfilling sex life that is kept behind the bedroom doors (or when the kids aren’t around). The kiss in the song is a quick spontaneous thing (symptomatic of their happy relationship) and not a prelude to doing the wild thing underneath the Christmas tree…

          “because everybody identifies with the kid”

          Very true, the number of people in the US want to spend much time contemplating their parents’ sex lives is…. very small.

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        2. Well there’s always the Eartha Kitt version of Santa Baby:

          Of course that has more to do with Eartha Kitt and her voice than anything else.

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        3. “Nobody is joining me in imagining an active sex life for the couple.”

          -It might be because I first heard it as a kid. Because as a kid, clearly the only reason the father would dress up as Santa was just in case the kid woke up and ran down the stairs before the parents were done setting up the presents.

          That doesn’t mean the parents don’t have an active sex life. Could be planned role play. Could be spontaneous role play.

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  3. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

    Okay, after some googling and wikipedia-ing, I have a timeline!
    The song dates to a 1939 New Yorker cover (below). It depicts Santa leaning over and kissing a woman (presumably his wife) to the surprise of a child, looks like a little girl, he’s holding in one arm. The idea is that Santa came for a “visit” and he broke character when he spontaneously leaned over and kissed his wife (or the child’s mother really is having an affair with the guy in the Santa suit).
    12 years later Saks 5th Avenue uses the illustration for its annual Christmas card and commissions the song which recasts the child as a boy sneaking downstairs for a glimpse of Santa.

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      1. “look at her right hand”
        It’s a good thing the songwriter decided to keep things north of the equator…. “I saw mommy giving Santa a н@nd jоb” doesn’t sound like a potential Christmas classic…

        nb respelling was not because I think people here would be shocked but for search engine purposes…

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