I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is an American Christmas song with music and lyrics by Tommie Connor. The original recording by Jimmy Boyd in July 1952 when he was 13
reached #1 on the Billboard charts in December 1952, and on the Cash Box chart at the beginning of the following year. The song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to
promote the store's Christmas card for the year, which featured an original sketch by artist Perry Barlow, who drew for The New Yorker for many decades.
The song describes a scene where a child creeps down from his/her bedroom to see his/her mother kissing "Santa Claus."
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.