Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Clause.”
I don’t know about you but who would write a song about infidelity involving Santa Clause?
The infamous song was written record by Jimmy Boyd. Boyd was only 13 years old when he recorded this song. Mitch Miller at Columbia Records had him record the song, which was written by Tommie Connor.
When this was released in 1953, some people thought it was a little too risqué, the thought of a married woman, possibly having an affair. A closer listen implies that Santa Claus is actually the child’s father, but this didn’t stop radio stations in some cities, including Boston, from banning it when it came out. Columbia Records appealed to the Council of Churches to clear the song where it was banned. The tactic worked, and it became a Christmas favorite.
Boyd died on March 7, 2009 at age 70. With Frankie Laine, he had a hit in 1953 with “Tell Me A Story,” and then moved on to acting, where he appeared in the movie Inherit The Wind and the TV show, Bachelor Father. In the early ’60s, he was married for 2 years to Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on TV.
It later reached Number 3 in the UK Charts when issued there in November 1953. The song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store’s Christmas card for the year, which featured an original sketch by artist Perry Barlow, who drew for The New Yorker for many decades.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name Magic Melodies is the infamous song called “I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Clause,” sung by Lynn Anderson.
The song describes a scene where a child walks downstairs from his bedroom on Christmas Eve to see his mother kissing “Santa Claus” (presumably his father in a Santa Claus costume) under the mistletoe.
Boyd’s record was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in Boston when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas, ignoring the fact that mistletoe, under which many couples kiss, is traditionally hung in many homes during the Christmas season. Boyd was photographed meeting with the Archdiocese to explain the song. After the meeting, the ban was lifted.
Who came up with the idea of kissing someone under the mistletoe?
Kissing under the mistletoe is first found associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites.
They probably originated from two beliefs. One belief was that it has power to bestow fertility. It was also believed that the dung from which the mistletoe would also possess “life-giving” power.
In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up.
Later, the eighteenth-century English credited with a certain magical appeal called a kissing ball.
It’s a nice tradition no matter how you look at it, whether you’re kissing Santa Claus or not, have a wonderful Christmas!
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