I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

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This article is about the song. For the film, see I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (film).

"I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus" is a Christmas song with music and lyrics by British songwriter Tommie Connor.

Original Version- Jimmy Boyd[edit]

The original recording by Jimmy Boyd, recorded on July 15, 1952 when he was 13 years old,[1] reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart in December 1952, and on the Cash Box chart at the beginning of the following year. 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.

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.[citation needed]

Spike Jones version[edit]

A less successful version of the song was released in 1952 by Spike Jones[2] (with vocal by George Rock in the little boy voice used in Spike's hit "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"). Jones also recorded a parody for his personal pleasure titled "I Saw Mommy Screwing Santa Claus."[3]

Rugrats Version[edit]

The Rugrats character, Tommy Pickles, performed the song in the 2004 album Rugrats Holiday Classics.

Cover versions[edit]

Popular versions of the song were released by the Ronettes, Molly Bee, Bobby Sherman, Andy Williams, The Beverley Sisters and The Jackson 5. Reba McEntire, Homer and Jethro, Amy Winehouse, John Mellencamp, Mitch Miller, John Prine, Tiny Tim, The Cheetah Girls, Bif Naked, Jessica Simpson, Teresa Brewer, Rica Fukami, Secret Chiefs 3 and Dionne Bromfield have also covered it. RuPaul and Kip Addotta both recorded versions with changed lyrics titled "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus". Swedish band Onkel Kånkel took this even further with their version "Jag såg tomten suga pappa" (I saw santa suck off daddy).

John Mellencamp also filmed a music video to promote his recording for the 1987 Special Olympics charity album, A Very Special Christmas.[4]

International versions[edit]

  • Danish: "Jeg så julemanden kysse mor" (Danish text: Susanne Palsbo)
  • Finnish: "Kun joulupukki suukon sai" (Finnish text: Saukki)
  • French: J'ai vu maman embrasser le Père Noël
  • Norwegian: "Jeg så mamma kysse nissen" (Norwegian text: Philip A. Kruse)
  • Swedish: "Jag såg mamma kyssa tomten" (Swedish text: Ingrid "Ninita" Reuterskiöld)
  • Mexican: "Hoy vi a Santa Claus besar a mamá" (Spanish text: Anibal Pastor)

Film adaptation[edit]

A made-for-television movie based on the song was released in 2001.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs". Oldies.about.com. 1952-07-15. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (1952-12-06). Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  3. ^ Young, Jordan R. (1984). Spike Jones and his City Slickers. ISBN 9780940410732. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsat4e8jgHA

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Preceded by
"Why Don't You Believe Me?" by Joni James
U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
December 27, 1952 – January 3, 1953
Succeeded by
"Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" by Perry Como
Preceded by
"Why Don't You Believe Me?" by Joni James
U.S. Cash Box Best Selling Records Chart number-one record
January 3, 1953
Succeeded by
"Why Don't You Believe Me?" by Joni James