DECEMBER 20: Scandal! Mom caught with St. Nick!

jimmy boydON THIS DATE in 1952, thirteen-year-old Jimmy Boyd’s novelty song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” reached number one on the singles charts.

The tune about a boy catching his mom smacking lips with his Santa-dressed dad initially got the Catholic Church and several radio stations worked up over its sex-on-Christmas suggestiveness. The furor faded and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” sold two million records in less than 10 weeks.

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