A holiday icon that we’ve all loved as kids comes but once a year. He brings us presents, eats cookies, drinks milk and hot cocoa, has flying reindeer, a fleet of elves, and a jolly presence that brings a smile to our faces. I’m talking about Santa Claus of course! If you didn’t write him a letter this year asking for your one Christmas wish, you can catch him at your local mall and tell him in person what you so desire. Be sure not to make his naughty list, and he really does check it twice. He’s so famous in fact, that songs have been written and sung about him for years. A legend? I think not! Here are some songs with Santa.
To spread the word about Santa coming on Christmas Eve, you may have heard or even sang this song yourself, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” This song was written and recorded in 1934 and has been a holiday favorite ever since. Eddie Cantor had a radio show and it was the first place listeners heard the song. It was written by the two songwriters, Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots and instantly became a hit. Artists from Destiny’s Child, to Miley Cyrus, to the legendary Bing Crosby have performed their rendition of the classic hit.
Another holiday favorite about him is, “Santa Baby.” It was written in 1953 by Joan Javitz and was originally performed by Eartha Kitt. Perhaps one of the more memorable acts who have sung this was Marilyn Monroe. The song is about a woman who wants extravagant and expensive gifts like jewelry and a yacht (among other things) and sings them like this, “Santa baby, I want a yacht and really thats not a lot. Been an angel all year. Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight”(“Santa Baby”, Javitz 1953). This song to Santa is probably every woman’s favorite.
A song that has been the inspiration for Christmas movies is, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” This was written by Tommie Connor and recorded first by Jimmy Boyd. The song was popular that it made the #1 spot on the Billboard Music charts. The lavish store Neiman Marcus loved the song so much that they used it as an idea for Christmas cards sold in their store. The song is about a child who saw their mommy kissing Santa, who was really their dad dressed up in a Santa costume. The movie is a great family film to watch during the holidays, and you’ll get to hear the fun song too.
Do you have any songs about Santa you enjoy listening to over the holidays? What is your favorite present from Santa you have received as a kid (or even as an adult)?
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