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    It may have been a long time ago and probably today seems corny, but how many of you remember trying to sneak down to get a peek at Santa Claus.

    "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is an American Christmas song with music and lyrics by Tommie Connor. The original recording in 1952 was by Jimmy Boyd when he was 13. The song describes a scene where a child creeps down from his bedroom to see his mother kissing "Santa Claus" (presumably his father in a Santa Claus costume) underneath 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.

    Jimmy Boyd (January 9, 1939 March 7, 2009) was an American singer, musician, and actor. He was known for his recording of the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

    I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
    Underneath the mistletoe last night.
    She didn't see me creep
    down the stairs to have a peep;
    She thought that I was tucked
    up in my bedroom fast asleep.

    Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
    Underneath his beard so snowy white;
    Oh, what a laugh it would have been
    If Daddy had only seen
    Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

    I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
    Underneath the mistletoe last night.
    She didn't see me creep
    down the stairs to have a peep;
    She thought that I was tucked
    up in my bedroom fast asleep.

    Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
    Underneath his beard so snowy white;
    Oh, what a laugh it would have been
    If Daddy had only seen
    Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

   This Video is not the original song as sung by Jimmy Boyd. It is a latter version with animation and better singer. You can find the Jimmy Boyd Version in Video Search here on BCN.



    Here is the link for the Video

    Publisher's note: If you are really in the Christmas spirit, or just in the need for more, please click here to access all of the holiday spirit in melody and narrative that BCN can harness and offer for this Yuletide Season.
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