Christmas provides people who love music, hours of festive listening and music making. It also provides us agonizing listening experiences in long grocery lines. For every inspiring, sensational Christmas song that echos through concert halls across the world this season, there are also those unfortunate tunes that litter the easy-listening radio tracks.
It is one of the latter tunes that was confusing to me as a young person, and by young, I mean until I was 33, which was last year.
There is something virtuous and enchanting about Christmas (besides the commercialism, and pregnant-virgin-teen), so I was righteously upset by "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". Did someone in the 1950's think that it was okay to spin the story of Santa: twinkly eyed, bowl full of jelly, tarnished with soot?
How could it be that Santa would be cheating on Mrs. Claus with the singer's mother? The thought frightened and shocked me! Would Santa really come to a kid's house, with toys and Christmas cheer, while the reindeer waited on the roof-top, prancing and pawning their hoofs, and kiss someone else's wife? Besides the song just being bad, to me, it was unethical, and messes up Christmas.
I've come to my senses, the song is still terrible, but in a moment of clarity last year, I figured out why this song is even allowed to be a Christmas song. Mommy is kissing Santa, because Santa is really the dad, dressed up as Santa! AH-HA!!! I have been known for thinking outside the box, but I missed the point of this song for three decades.
There is still so many things wrong with it, the main one being, that if you are a smart kid, or smarter than me, you could tell there is no such thing as Santa just from this song, but I've come to realize that it is not unethical. I still think it should be banned for the sake of believing, smart, children everywhere.