Cartoons: Here Comes Santa Claus

Get the cookies and milk ready – Santa’s coming to town!

Woman explains to her friend that her husband is dressed as Santa because he was just laid off from his mall Santa job.

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Child and mother walk away from a confused mall santa.
“Don’t count on him finding our house. He couldn’t even remember the names of his reindeer!”
Bill Yates
December 21, 1957

 

Two mall Santas comment on the quality of a drink at a bar.
“Ah, that puts a twinkle in your eye!”
Chon Day
December 13, 1958

 

Santa Claus bursts into a home excited to leave presents, but leaves dejected once he realizes that he grabbed his sack of dirty laundry by mistake.
Henry Syverson
December 27, 1958

 

A conception of how fathers view Santa Claus: A giant who pilfers money from the pockets of hard-working men.
Father’s Idea of Santa Claus
C.H. Forbell
December 16, 1922

 

Wife tells her Santa-disguised husband to climb back up the chimney because he fell down it before their children had a chance to witness it.
“Go back up – the children aren’t here yet.”
Chon Day
December 23, 1944

 

Mother pulls an upset child away from a Salvation Army Santa volunteer because the boy wants to kiss him.
“But I WANNA kiss Santa Claus!”
Marge
December 8, 1934

 

Santa and his reindeer ask the elevator porter to take them to the floor with the toy section
“Toyland.”
Joseph Zeis
December 6, 1958

 

A Salvation Army volunteer dressed as Santa brandishes a cream pie in case someone wants to crack another joke about his donation pot.
“That, my friend, is for the next person who looks in the pot and asks me ‘What’s cookin’?’”
John M. Price
December 16, 1944

 

Child complains he can smell mothballs from the annoyed mall santa.
“I smell mothballs!”
Paro Lini
December 27, 1958

 

Woman explains to her friend that her husband is dressed as a mall Santa because he was just laid off from his seasonal job.
“Tom was laid off again.”
Joseph Zeis
January 12, 1957

 

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  1. Some in this group really do go much further back than usual. My favorite here is ‘But I WANNA kiss Santa Claus!’ from 1934. It’s weird and embarrassing; just the way I like it! Love #2 by Chon Day. Of course that drink is going to put a twinkle in Santa’s eye, and maybe some pinwheels!

    #4 from 1922 is great. I have no doubt a lot of fathers can relate to being financially soaked as the reality Santa not being appreciated for the gifts HE bought those ungrateful children, yet again. Poor Tom in the bottom cartoon.

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