Category:
Christmas

Follies of the Madmen #482



A kind of housewife voodoo.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 10, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Appliances, 1950s, Christmas

Don’t Do It Santa!

Arrow Shirts — saving Santa from suicide!

Life magazine - Dec 15, 1947

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 25, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Advertising, 1940s, Christmas

What does Mrs. Claus do when she gets lonely?

Don't the elves keep her company?

Esquire - Jan 1971

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Advertising, 1970s, Christmas

Christmas Hats

Tampa Times - Jan 4, 1939



Wisconsin State Journal - Dec 30, 1957



The Munster Times - Dec 20, 1965

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 25, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Headgear, Christmas

Santa dies again

What would Christmas be without Santa dying?

Back in 2016, I posted a list of various Santas that have died over the years, often collapsing in front of crowds of horrified children. The Moscow Times reports that it's happened again:

A Russian Santa Claus has reportedly died during New Year’s festivities at a kindergarten in Siberia.
Known as Ded Moroz, or Father Frost, Russian versions of Santa Claus host children’s holiday parties with the fairy tale snow maiden Snegurochka, in a still-popular Soviet-era tradition.
A man in a Ded Moroz costume died during festivities at a kindergarten in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, the local sibdepo.ru news website reported Tuesday.
“The man felt ill in the kindergarten, he was taken in an ambulance but died on the way to the hospital,” the outlet cited an unnamed medical source as saying.
The unidentified 67-year-old Ded Moroz “complained of chest pain” and died before the ambulance arrived, Interfax cited another unnamed source as saying.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 23, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Christmas

Nobody Shoots at Santa Claus

Not entirely true.

Newsweek - Feb 15, 1965



Arizona Daily Star - Dec 25, 2013

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 25, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Christmas

Striking Santas


La Crosse Tribune - Dec 18, 1966



Hazleton Standard-Speaker - Nov 24, 1990

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 25, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Christmas

Santa Claus Keeps Dying

We've touched before on the theme of the death of Santa Claus, such as the metaphorical death of Santa portrayed in an ad, or a man who had changed his name to Santa finally giving up the ghost.

However, there's another recurring weird news theme in which Santa Claus literally drops dead, often in front of a crowd of horrified children. What happens is that if you take a guy who's out of shape and overweight, dress him up in a hot costume, and make him do an unaccustomed level of exertion, the odds of him collapsing from a medical condition increase dramatically. Although Santas have also perished from non-medical causes (beard catching on fire, helicopter crash).

Fort Wayne Daily News - Dec 26, 1898



Belvidere Daily Republican - Dec 23, 1912



Taylor Daily Press - Dec 27, 1920



Indianapolis Star - Dec 24, 1922



San Bernardino County Sun - Dec 19, 1932



Oakland Tribune - Dec 13, 1925



Carbondale Daily Free Press - Dec 26, 1925



Hammond Times - Dec 19, 1937



Abilene Reporter-News - Dec 23, 1945



Rushville Republican - Dec 11, 1967



Louisville Courier-Journal - Dec 7, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 22, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Christmas

The battle over belief in Santa

Over at about.com, I gathered together some of the more memorable moments in the long history of people battling over whether or not Santa exists. There were so many I had to do it in a 2-part series: PART ONE and PART TWO.

Some of my favorites:

  • The french woman who divorced her husband because of his insistence on believing in Santa (which was his excuse for not giving her any presents — because Santa was supposed to bring them).
  • The Freudian psychologist who argued that Santa really is a representation of the father figure, inserting himself into the chimney, which is a symbol of mom's hoochie coochie.
  • Spy magazine's classic 1991 "statistical investigation" of Santa which noted that if Santa traveled fast enough to deliver gifts to millions of children in one night, the air resistance at that speed would cause his reindeer to burst into flames.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 24, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Christmas

Santa Claus Is Dead

How would it be for you if your car had killed Santa Claus?

Source: Kansas City Times - Dec 9, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 23, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, 1960s, Christmas

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