Music: Holy Night, 1952

Across the U.S. last week, air waves, nurseries and barrooms echoed with a song called / Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. To a tune that is basically old reliable corn syrup, with occasional chorus and chime effects added, it tells the story of a child who does some Christmas Eve snooping when he (she) should have been asleep. Nothing else in the lyrics is quite up to the title-line. Sample:

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.

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