Tuesday, December 20

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus!!

Christmas is fast approaching, so today I wanna talk about the lyrics of one popular Christmas song from America.

This song is “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by Tommie Connor.

I’m interested in this song because the story inside this song is funny. At the same time, it sounds a bit strange and twisted to me. 


Here's the most important part of the song:

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus 

Underneath the mistletoe last night 

She didn’t see me creep 

Down the stairs to have a peep 

She thought that I was tucked up 

In my bedroom, fast asleep

According to the song, a boy went downstairs in the middle of the night (probably to pee or get a glass of water). To his extreme surprise, he saw his mom in the act of kissing “Santa Claus.”

First of all, if you're not familiar with the word MISTLETOE, it means a plant with short and broad leaves and a cluster of white berries. It grows on the branches or trunk of a tree.

The MISTLETOE is a very common Christmas decoration because, according to tradition, if you find anyone standing under a mistletoe, you get a free kiss.

Now going back to our song, it's mildly disturbing when you put yourself in the shoes of the boy in the lyrics. If you imagine his situation, he completely believes that there is a Santa Claus and that Santa Claus is a completely different person from his father.

In other words, it doesn't occur to him that his father has dressed up to be Santa.

(I hope I'm not making any big revelations to you here) ;-D

So, when the kid saw his mom kissing “Santa Claus,” how do you think he felt?

In the song, he sounds very delighted and excited about the whole thing. But if this happened in a real family, I mean, a young boy would think: My mom is having a fling with a perfect stranger -- Santa or no Santa!

Naturally, the boy would be in a DILEMMA. (You can look this word up in your dictionary.)

Should he tell his father about what he saw? Or should he keep it secret?

As you can see, the song isn’t as innocent and comic as it seems. If you think about it, it’s very serious and psychologically impactful. (At least the way some people interpret it.) ;-D

Anyway, it’s still one of the most popular songs for Christmas. And if you keep my side story in mind, you might appreciate it in a different way but you will definitely get to like it more!

P.S. I’ll try to explain other song lyrics this Christmas season. So, if you have a special request you want to make, just send me a message.

Keep on learning !


  1. I've been following your blog since you posted Cebu Pacific's grammar mistake with their tagline. I just want you to know that your blog is very helpful and very easy to understand. I hope you won't stop sharing us your knowledge. I am always looking forward to your updates. By the way, I'm located in Cebu and behind-the-scenes working at a call center :) -markin gomez

  2. Hi Markin! ;-) Thank you very much for your comment. It made my day.

    You know, I don't get so much feedback from my regular audience. Foreign English learners (Japanese especially) are very shy about expressing themselves. They're just content to read away. ;-)

    Well, I guess that's what I'm trying to do: Make ESL truly accessible to anyone in the world who wants it. The first step is to make it simple enough to understand.

    So, yes, I promise you and everyone else that I'll keep on sharing my ideas. And you too, please. If there's any topic in English you find difficult, I'll be glad to discuss it.

    Finally, if you have any fresh ideas - an essay maybe? - that you'd like to share with the rest of us, I'd like to post it here. ;-)

    P.S. I'm always proud of the Philippine call center industry and its members.


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