The radio was playing the oddest song. David got a little choked up when he heard “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” It was the original version from 1952, sung by the 13-year-old Jimmy Boyd.
“I’ve never heard that version of that song,” his wife, Elaine, said. “Didn’t the Jackson 5 record this?”
“Yes, but this version was the original,” David said. “I was just a kid when I first heard the song and I loved it. I remember seeing Jimmy Boyd sing it on the Ed Sullivan Show and was I so impressed.”
“So why do you look so sad?” Elaine asked.
“It was Christmas Eve and I was about five,” David said. “I was up in my bedroom and remember hearing some commotion coming from the living room. So I sneaked downstairs hoping that it was Santa Claus putting presents under the Christmas tree. But I saw my mother hugging and kissing a man.”
“Oh, that’s so cute,” Elaine said. “You thought you saw your mother kissing Santa Claus, when in fact it was your father she was embracing. Aw, what a wonderful memory.”
“Well, the thing is,” David said, letting out a heavy sigh, “my father was deployed in Korea at the time.”
Written for the First Line Friday prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie.
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