Santa Claus Loves Smoking

Did you know that for decades, jolly old St. Nick was a heavy, couple-packs-a-day smoker? According to prominent advertising of the twentieth century, at least. How to be a Retronaut has an extensive collection of popular culture portrayals of a nicotine-loving Santa, puffing away as he festoons trees with cartons of smokes, and more…

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Thanks for posting this bit of ‘Golden Oldy’ Americana, Disinformation!

    Normally I’d get a bit worried about strange men dressed head to foot in red breaking into my home at night.  Especially if he’s leaving “presents” for strangers’ children.

    But short of Saint Nick smackin’ a Kardashian on the ass with a leering grin, havin’ him light up a smoke is the next best thing to a cameo on “Madmen”.  I can now rest assued that this mythological figure is a real ‘Merican, hetero straight shooter and not some deviant wealth redistributor.  Whew!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for posting this bit of ‘Golden Oldy’ Americana, Disinformation!

    Normally I’d get a bit worried about strange men dressed head to foot in red breaking into my home at night.  Especially if he’s leaving “presents” for strangers’ children.

    But short of Saint Nick smackin’ a Kardashian on the ass with a leering grin, havin’ him light up a smoke is the next best thing to a cameo on “Madmen”.  I can now rest assued that this mythological figure is a real ‘Merican, hetero straight shooter and not some deviant wealth redistributor.  Whew!

  • DeepCough

    “Chase away that Throat-Scratch with the smooth, emphysema-enducing flavor of Pall Mall.”

    Fun Fact: Fred Flintstone was a Winston-Salem man.

  • DeepCough

    “Chase away that Throat-Scratch with the smooth, emphysema-enducing flavor of Pall Mall.”

    Fun Fact: Fred Flintstone was a Winston-Salem man.

  • Heath

    “Easy on the throat” 
    When your mouth is horse from sucking to much corporate cock, take a break and relax with the taste of flavor country coupled with “ricola” into Lucky Stike! or don’t.. either way keep sucking

  • Heath

    “Easy on the throat” 
    When your mouth is horse from sucking to much corporate cock, take a break and relax with the taste of flavor country coupled with “ricola” into Lucky Stike! or don’t.. either way keep sucking

  • BuzzCoastin

    Santa has been known to enjoy a nug or two
    i always leave a fatboy out with cookies and milk
    so Santa has a jolly ho-ho-ho for the rest of the ride

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Santa has been known to enjoy a nug or two
    i always leave a fatboy out with cookies and milk
    so Santa has a jolly ho-ho-ho for the rest of the ride

  • Rus211

    Aghh.., those were the good days!

  • Rus211

    Aghh.., those were the good days!

  • http://fruitbattv.com/ Solar

    I love the lucky strike picture, they’ve gone to the trouble of giving him a nicotine stained beard – and his red face gives an image of someone who is also partial to a bottle of whiskey for breakfast.  Yup, that’s the Santa Claus I know and love – can be found sleeping on a park bench in many cities.

  • http://fruitbattv.com/ Solar

    I love the lucky strike picture, they’ve gone to the trouble of giving him a nicotine stained beard – and his red face gives an image of someone who is also partial to a bottle of whiskey for breakfast.  Yup, that’s the Santa Claus I know and love – can be found sleeping on a park bench in many cities.