Old Wives' Tales
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Legend: A man attempts to surprise his family by dressing up as Santa Claus and entering the house by sliding down the chimney. He gets stuck, dies, and is discovered by his family after they light a fire in the fireplace.
Example: [Brunvand, 1993]
On the flip side, humorous stories about Santas getting stuck in chimneys have been around nearly as long as the Santa Claus legend itself, as exemplified by Christmas novelty songs such as Ella Fitzgerald's "Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney," Jimmy Boyd's "Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney," and Gisele MacKenzie's "Too Fat for the Chimney."
Although there have been numerous verified accounts of amateur Santas getting stuck in chimneys (and some
Sightings: This legend was used in the 1984 film Gremlins, as Phoebe Cates' character (Kate) explained to her friend Zach Galligan that her father had disappeared before Christmas one year and was found stuck halfway down the chimney with a bag of toys several days later.
Last updated: 30 July 2007
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