First Line Friday — A Christmas Memory

946926EA-DDD6-4F34-BB0D-208B286F56D8The 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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12 thoughts on “First Line Friday — A Christmas Memory

  1. pensitivity101 December 21, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    I think I read somewhere they are trying to add this to the list with Baby it’s Cold Outside.
    This is the first time I’ve heard the original.

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    • Fandango December 21, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      I’m old enough to remember the original and the part about me seeing Jimmy Boyd sing the song on the Ed Sullivan Show. But other than that, the rest of the story is fiction!

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  2. Hélène Vaillant December 21, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    Great story! I imagine that a 5 year old would be really mixed up about this situation. I remember it all too, the Ed Sullivan Show, gosh, we are ancients.🤣😁

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    • Fandango December 21, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      As my kids (now adults) would say, “Who is Ed Sullivan?” When my son was over the other night, I told him about Penny Marshall’s death. He gave me a blank stare. I said “Laverne and Shirley.” Nothing! Yikes.

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  3. newepicauthor December 21, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I always thought that a woman was singing this song. Jimmy Boyd looks a bit like Opie.

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