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I Believe In Father Christmas, or: Brown Shoes Don’t Make It (Xmas #6)

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Me during the winter of 1969-1970.

Originally published on OpenSalon.com on December 5, 2013

.Here is another off-topic post for the Christmas season.  Two years ago over on Open Salon, they had an open call soliciting folks to share their tales about how they discovered that Santa Claus was indeed a sham.  I was too busy during that and the previous xmas season to tell my tale, and so, with my usual out-of-whack timing, here is my story for you now.

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“If you think about it, Santa Claus is directly responsible for heroin addiction.  Innocent children are brainwashed into believing the first big lie their parents ever tell them, and when the truth finally hits, they never believe them again.” 

John Waters, “Why I Love Christmas” from Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (1987).

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It was 1969, and as one of December’s children, I was ending my adventure of life as a six-year-old and looking forward to seven and the seventies. Continue reading

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Christmas Advertising: LIFE Magazine, Nov. 30, 1959 (Xmas#5)

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Just look at that radiant smile!  And it’s all because of (find out below) …

 

Originally published on OpenSalon.com on November 30, 2013

NOTE: I occasionally post off-topic entries, especially during the Christmas season.  I’ll be taking a breather from the My Life — In Concert! series for December to make way for three or four Christmas-themed entries to come in the the next few weeks.

A couple of yuletides ago, I published an entry highlighting Christmas-related ads spanning 1949-2011 that were culled from my magazine collection, focusing on gift-giving suggestions from throughout the years as well as with ads relating to seasonal social activities and entertaining.

While I love old magazines in general, I am particularly fond of and seek out issues of LIFE (something I chronicled in this piece on the first issue of LIFE on the 1950s).  In this entry, I am zeroing in on one particular issue, with a newsstand date from exactly 54 years ago today: November 30, 1959. Continue reading

KA-CHING-A-LING: Christmas Advertising Highlights 1949-2011

VariousArtists presents, KA-CHING-A-LING: Christmas Advertising Highlight 1949-2011

Season’s Greetings from Schlitz.  And Joan from Mad Men (Life, December 1960) .

Originally published on OpenSalon.com on December 19, 2011

Christmas is the season of peace, good cheer, and jollity … and maxing out your credit card; stressing over what to buy everyone in between bouts of insomnia as you try to recall if you bought Uncle Walt a similar pair of McGregor socks last year; rock’em sock’em parents giving each other a sharp right hook as they fight over the last (insert latest toy fad here) on the shelves while dodging pepper spray; abused, overworked sales staff squaring off against exhausted, overheated shoppers to discern who’s more fed up; mall patrons launching law suits following multi-car fender benders after a downpour of freezing rain has turned the parking lot into a fiesta of black ice …

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