3 Days To Xmas: The Sweet Smell of St. Nic

December 21st, 2009

3 Days To Xmas: The Sweet Smell of St. Nic - Christmas

Well, it does make sense that he would smell like a chimney.

(submitted by Anne)

73 Responses to “3 Days To Xmas: The Sweet Smell of St. Nic”

  1. Seddah says:


  2. gm says:

    Can you even imagine if this person grew up to be one of those people that get diagnosed with lung cancer but never smoked a cig a day in their life? Man… this pic reminds me of Darren smiking on Bewitched & soap opera smokers. 1st time I snuck a smoke, I put on my mother’s jewlery & wtched myself in mirror. Thanks role models of the 60’s-70’s. 😉

  3. In this picture I somehow think he would smell like cat urine.

  4. Dave says:

    Does anyone know where and when this photo was taken? The Smokie Santa looks familiar to me…

  5. Fionafern says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think that picture is from the 50’s….probably long before yo’all were born.

  6. brewer says:

    She looks like the little girl off of that movie Matilda…with Danny Devito.

  7. SWMBO says:

    So totally Did NOT catch the cig at first – PRICELESS> Asa a kid in the 60’s in Kentucky – I can remeber people smoking everywhere – stores, pharmacy lines – you name it – I can’t begin to tell you the times I was BURNED by a passing smoker’s cig. Love the picture!

  8. LilyBear says:

    Is that Mrs. Doubtfire in a Santa suit? Cuz that sure looks like the little Natalie.

  9. HeatherW says:

    And after Samantha was done with her Christmas list, Santa patted her on the head & took a swig from his flask as she walked away. “Yep”, he thought to himself as he took a long, slow drag. “Sears can bite me.”

  10. Rev says:

    Please stay tuned for that heart-warming holiday classic, “A Miracle in Marlboro Country.”

  11. Rev says:

    Santa: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
    Ralphie: “You’ll cough a lung up, Santa.”

  12. Jenny says:

    Santa will have to be really careful when he takes a drag on that cigarette. He wouldn’t want to set the beard on fire! Explain those burns to the ER people!

  13. Jenny says:

    I really love the bangs. Yes, they’re short, but at least they’re straight. And they’ll grow out straight too. My dad had the job of trimming our bangs, and perhaps because he didn’t want to hear the whining, he waited until the second martini kicked in. Then of course they were crooked. Then he cut a little more off the left, but then the right side would be longer. Eventually, we would all have really short, really crooked bangs.

  14. SRC says:

    I have several pictures with Santa and I had the same face. I hated clowns as a kid and to me Santa was clown without the make up…just as creepy. I never understood why I was forced to sit on a lap with an old man with a fake beard. I think when I was three I peed on one of them….to show my disapproval of the whole thing LOL!

  15. Mike says:

    Damned elves! Drove him to smoke and drink!

    Ho, Ho, (cough) Ho! Remember children to leave out some milk, cookies, and nicotine gum on Christmas Eve.

  16. bmj2k says:

    It is a Rat Pack swinging 60’s Santa!

  17. V says:

    You’ll shoot your eye out!

    Oh wait. Um. Poke your eye out?

  18. Laughing says:

    Ooohhh, I think this girl lived next door to me in Connecticut. Her little sister was Anne, too.

  19. Sydney says:

    I spent 10 minutes wondering what was wrong with this picture. I was wondering why he was yellow, then I seen the ciggarette. x] Im slow.

  20. PromisedPlanet says:

    Think this was taken at someone’s house, or (God forbid) is this really a department-store-type Santa Claus?

  21. CarpoolMom says:

    (Through clenched teeth) “Santa, after this picture I’m gonna poke your eyes out with this pointy, adult-novelty, carrot, flutophone looking thingy because that’s all I can figure out what it could be used for AND your ciggarette is making my asthma worse!”

  22. Don says:

    Wow…on second thought this might help explain how Blitzen got his name.

  23. mrs5180 says:

    Cropped out of the photo is Mrs Claus with a martini…..

  24. Kyle says:

    Why is Santa in color (and the thing she’s holding), but the girl is black and white??

  25. doreen says:

    I’d be unhappy too if Smokin’ Santa gave me a plastic carrot.

  26. Gotta love that yellow washout.

  27. Linda says:

    Is she holding an upside-down candle?

  28. taino sam says:

    I noticed the smoking death stick, but did anyone else notice the long sleeve shirt?

  29. Mark says:

    Carrot for the reindeer? Which is probably a basset hound with cardboard antlers.

  30. Anne says:

    She’s giving him a carrot to improve his eyesight, since he’s not wearing the obligatory Santa glasses.

  31. Lola says:

    This is such a classic “not-so-jolly-Santa” picture. It has it all–the fake-looking beard, the shirt sleeve peeking out from under the Santa jacket, the cigarette, not to mention the very unhappy little girl. By the way, what’s that carrot-shaped thing she’s holding?

  32. Vin says:

    LOL, this one took me a while to get! And it looks like she’s driving some sort of spike into his leg…

  33. amy says:

    santa looks a bit puffy.

  34. Nana says:

    I hate the gold santa uniform it.s yuk

  35. Marci says:

    The ciggarette doesn’t bother me half as much as the fact that she appears to be holding an adult novelty item.

  36. Maria says:

    What is she holding???

  37. Nicole says:

    Ahhh, I really had to look — but now I see why.

  38. LuLu says:

    she doesn’t look fooled even one little bit.

  39. K says:

    Took me a minute to figure this one out…nice Santa. Very nice.

  40. D says:

    Dear Santa,
    I was a very good girl this year. I didn’t even fuss when my mom cut my bangs too short. For Chirstmas, I would like a Cabbage Patch doll and a new set of lungs since. Along with your cookies and milk I left a shiny new pack of Marlboros.
    Love, Anne.

    • Deb says:

      Somehow I think this photo pre-dates cabbage patch dolls by about 20 years! People (well, the public anyway) didn’t really know about the evils of smoking in the 60’s. At any rate, she looks way too unhappy about the whole situation, poor kid!

  41. Pam says:


  42. Rachel of Cyberia says:

    Saint Nicotine!

    • Angeli Baby says:


    • Mike H says:

      It wasn’t that long ago that people were smoking *everywhere*. Hospital doctors would smoke while examining you, teachers would smoke in front of class, etc. A smoking Santa is interesting to see now but it wouldn’t have been uncommon.

      • carol says:

        I remember getting smoke blown in my face by my elders, and it was rude to complain. The good old bad days. You’d think Santa could put his smoke down for 2 minutes though!

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