Well, it does make sense that he would smell like a chimney.
(submitted by Anne)
WHAT IS THAT CHILD HOLDING?
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. 😉
In this picture I somehow think he would smell like cat urine.
Does anyone know where and when this photo was taken? The Smokie Santa looks familiar to me…
Maybe it’s just me, but I think that picture is from the 50’s….probably long before yo’all were born.
She looks like the little girl off of that movie Matilda…with Danny Devito.
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!
Is that Mrs. Doubtfire in a Santa suit? Cuz that sure looks like the little Natalie.
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.”
Please stay tuned for that heart-warming holiday classic, “A Miracle in Marlboro Country.”
ROFL! Great comment!!!
Santa: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
Ralphie: “You’ll cough a lung up, Santa.”
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!
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.
Hilarious post. My dad was in charge of our haircuts too, and they were always crooked . . . usually around the ears.
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!
I hate clowns too. And after reading this and watching Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer today I hate Santa too.
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.
It is a Rat Pack swinging 60’s Santa!
You’ll shoot your eye out!
Oh wait. Um. Poke your eye out?
Ooohhh, I think this girl lived next door to me in Connecticut. Her little sister was Anne, too.
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.
Think this was taken at someone’s house, or (God forbid) is this really a department-store-type Santa Claus?
(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!”
omg love this one carpoolMom! took the words right out of my mouth!
Wow…on second thought this might help explain how Blitzen got his name.
LOL! That’s great!
Cropped out of the photo is Mrs Claus with a martini…..
Why is Santa in color (and the thing she’s holding), but the girl is black and white??
She’s not. She’s just kinda pale and wearing beige.
I’d be unhappy too if Smokin’ Santa gave me a plastic carrot.
Gotta love that yellow washout.
Is she holding an upside-down candle?
I noticed the smoking death stick, but did anyone else notice the long sleeve shirt?
I saw that! The little girl looks pissed because she just realized that’s the same shirt uncle Sam was wearing.
Carrot for the reindeer? Which is probably a basset hound with cardboard antlers.
She’s giving him a carrot to improve his eyesight, since he’s not wearing the obligatory Santa glasses.
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?
LOL, this one took me a while to get! And it looks like she’s driving some sort of spike into his leg…
santa looks a bit puffy.
I hate the gold santa uniform it.s yuk
is it really gold or has all the red faded from the photo?
The photo is color faded and the uniform was once red. That would make that “carot” actually pink…
Pretty sure it’s just the fading. The suit was probably red. Red ink is notoriously impermanent.
Carrot is spelled with 2 r’s. 🙂
It’s the economy. Everyone’s cutting back.
The ciggarette doesn’t bother me half as much as the fact that she appears to be holding an adult novelty item.
You said a mouthfull there, that is really really creepy. Way creepier than a Santa with a
smoking problem. I want to know where she got that thing in the first place?
lol, very tactful. Looks like maybe a giant carrot. Which would go nicely with the “big blue bunny” I own.
that is exACTly what i thought..
What is she holding???
She’s holding the magical Christmas carrot.
Girl.. I am right there with you, what the hell is she holding!?!?
YEP! We all know what it appers to be…..my question is WHY?
It’s actually a plastic musical instrument–the 60’s version of today’s recorders/flutophones.
its an ashtray 🙂
No no no. It’s a huge lighter. (At least that’s what I thought when I read the caption. I didn’t get it and thought that because Santa smells like a chimney it meant the little girl was holding a big lighter to light the fire. Then after reading the comments I realized what was really going on. lol.)
Haha, even worse, I thought it was a hookah for a moment.
Ahhh, I really had to look — but now I see why.
she doesn’t look fooled even one little bit.
Took me a minute to figure this one out…nice Santa. Very nice.
I thought it was just an unhappy kid until your comment. I had to go back and look.
Same here, took a second to realize the akwardness in the photo.
Me too. Totally missed the cig. and had to come here and read the comments to figure it out.
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.
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!
I distinctly remember a Brady Bunch episode about the dangers of smoking. Shame on you, Greg!
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.
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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