Cartoons: Santa’s Struggles

Being Santa Claus ain’t so easy, especially in December!

Children in a queue for a mall Santa discusses how he dodges tough questions

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Child forcing a mall Santa to sign a notarized document because he does not trust him enough
“Why can’t you just put your faith in Santa and let it go at that?”
Rodney deSarro
December 8,, 1945

 

A mall Santa struggles to name all the reindeer as unimpressed children stare at him
“…er…Dasher…Prancer…Donner…”
Don Tobin
December 6, 1952

 

A mall Santa employers asking him to improve his jolliness or else he is let go.
“In short, Bates, unless you can manage a more pleasant expression we’ll have to ask you to turn in your beard.”
Robert Day
December 5, 1953

 

Santa Claus experiences sticker shock at the price of a toy wagon.
Syverson
December 15, 1951

 

Children in a queue for a mall Santa discusses how he dodges tough questions
“You notice that whenever you get down to cases, he starts that ho-ho-ho stuff.”
Al Kaufman
December 3, 1955

 

Boy confronts a mall Santa over last year's Christmas haul
“First of all, let’s talk about last year.”
Scott Taber
December 15, 1951

 

A rich child asks a mall Santa to skip her on Christmas because she already has enough.
“Pass me by this year. I’m loaded.”
P.B.
December 19, 1959

 

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Comments

  1. These were fun to read and I enjoyed so much, from top to bottom. We even have all 3 sections of the Fifties covered here. So my two favorites this week ARE the top and bottom cartoons from 1945 and ’59. The top one is wonderfully disturbing, and the bottom one quite unexpected. How often would Santa ever hear that?

    The art style of the bottom one is unusual, having a ‘New Yorker’ look to it.

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