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Santa Claus: A Musical Biography
"Santa Claus is famously cheerful and a generous giver to children - but how much do we really know about his life? Perhaps the many songs about him will give us some clues ..."
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You have to respect a cheerful giver, and Santa Claus certainly qualifies. The song "Here Comes Santa Claus" tells us that he loves all children "just the same," regardless of their parents' status, and that the people respond by loving him: in fact, they've named a street after him! What is Father Christmas's namesake thoroughfare?
Santa Claus Avenue
Father Christmas Freeway
Santa Claus Lane
Kris Kringle Boulevard
Traditionally, Santa Claus has specialized in toys and sweets for children: here a teddy bear, there a dolly, and everywhere fruits and candy canes. In "Santa Baby," however, Eartha Kitt seems to suggest that Santa Claus has branched out into luxury goods for grown-ups. Which of these things does she NOT ask Santa for?
A light blue '54 convertible
The deed to a platinum mine
A home in the Hamptons
How does Santa Claus get into houses to deliver presents? He usually uses the chimney, but in "'Zat You, Santa Claus?," Louis Armstrong discovers that Santa has other ways of gaining entry. How does Santa arrive in the song?
He sneaks in through a window.
He knocks at the door.
He cuts a hole in the roof.
He just - poof! - materializes.
Santa is renowned as the ultimate gift-giver - after all, he knows exactly what's on everyone's Christmas list. Yet sometimes even Santa comes up short. In which of these songs does the singer defiantly insist that "I don't need to hang my stocking ... Santa Claus won't make me happy with a toy on Christmas Day"?
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
All I Want for Christmas Is You
The classic song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" gives us some insight into Santa's style as a manager. His flying workforce has a serious problem: poor Rudolph is being bullied by the other, more nasally normal reindeer. According to the lyrics, when does Santa first step in?
On Christmas Eve, to make Rudolph a job offer that makes him the envy of the reindeer who had been harrassing him.
Early in the season, to insist that Rudolph be allowed to participate in the reindeer games.
On Christmas Day, to scold the other reindeer for forgetting the meaning of the holiday.
A few days before Christmas Eve, to join the other reindeer in laughing at Rudolph.
We don't normally think of Santa Claus as a man of romance, but there's a popular Christmas song that argues otherwise. Written by Tommie Connor and originally released by thirteen-year-old Jimmy Boyd, this 1952 song takes the viewpoint of a young child who innocently witnesses Santa in love. How does the child describe this experience?
"My sister asked Santa baby for one little thing: a ring."
"On one knee he told my aunt, 'Baby, all I want for Christmas is you.'"
"Boogie woogie Santa boogied all the blues away."
"I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last night."
Christian children all over the world strive to behave in the month of December, knowing that Santa Claus is coming soon. In "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," we see that the pressure of deciding "who's naughty and nice" has turned our jolly friend into a bit of a stalker. Which of these is NOT given as an example of Santa's seasonal omniscience?
"He sees you when you're sleeping."
"He knows if you've been bad or good."
"He knows when you're awake."
"His elves are always watching you."
Santa may seem quite innocent, but he's been blamed for dark deeds. A 1979 song originally performed by Elmo and Patsy Shropshire alleges that something terrible has befallen Grandma after an encounter with Santa's sleigh. What is her fate (and the title of the song)?
Grandma Tripped on Santa's Candy Cane
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Grandma Brought a Knife to a Gunfight with an Elf
Grandma's Car Got Sleighjacked
What made Santa Claus flirt with the dark side? Some think this new behavior may have begun in 1977, when Santa himself was the victim of a crime. As chronicled in a song released that year, several boys accosted him outside a department store and demanded, "Father Christmas, give us some money / Don't mess around with those silly toys." What song tells the whole sad tale?
"Hey Santa!" by Carnie and Wendy Wilson
"Father Christmas" by The Kinks
"Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms
"Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues
Is Santa Claus a threat to public health? After all, he may be single-handedly responsible for an epidemic of insomnia on Christmas Eve. According to "The Christmas Song," which of these groups "will find it hard to sleep tonight"?
"Kids from one to ninety-two"
"Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow"
"All of the other reindeer"
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Compiled Jun 28 12