"Santamental” (Santa Claus + sentimental) is a popular portmanteau term used at Christmas. “Mr. Santamental Claus” was published in a November 1938 advertisement in the Los Angeles (CA) Times.
New York-born entertainment columnist Walter Winchell (1897-1972) used “Santamental” in several columns, crediting American actor and singer Russell Nype in the first citation in December 1947:
“Russell Nype: This is the time of year when everyone becomes Santamental.”
24 November 1938, Los Angeles (CA) Times, advertising supplement, pg. 1:
Having, in his salad days, allowed himself to become cluttered up with the helter-skelter of modern sophistication...streamlining and stuff...that hardy perennial Mr. Santamental Claus now comes out for hearts and flowers, waits and wassails, and a Christmas as sweet and old-fashioned as Tiny Tim.
THE MAY COMPANY
9 December 1947, Akron (OH) Beacon Journal, pg. 52, col. 2:
QUOTATION MARKSMANSHIP: Russell Nype: This is the time of year when everyone becomes Santamental.
7 December 1949, Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR), Walter Winchell entertainment column, pg. 27, col. 8:
Eight premieres are expected before the Santamental holiday.
14 December 1951, Boston (MA) Daily Globe, pg. 2, col. 1 ad:
GOT THAT SANTA-MENTAL FEELING
(Filene’s Automatic Bargain Basement.—ed.)
This is the time of the year when everyone becomes Santamental.
29 November 1954, Washington (DC) Post and Times Herald, “Walter Winchell of New York: The Broadway Lights,” pg. 33, col. 5:
Judy Garland’s recording: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is listenable and Santamental.
6 December 1954, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “Tower Ticker” by Herb Lyon, pt. 4, pg. 15, col. 2:
“Quote” says this is the time of year when everybody gets Santamental.
The Irish Digest
Volume 85, Issue 2
Belfast man’s definition of Christmas: “The time of year when everybody gets a wee bit Santamental.”
The Ad-Libber’s Handbook:
2000 New Laughs for Speakers
By Robert Orben
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
Christmas— the time when everybody gets a little Santamental.
- Christmas: The time when everyone gets Santamental.
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9:28 PM - 23 Dec 2008
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6:21 PM - 18 Sep 2009
Christmas Jokes and Riddles for Kids
By Christy Davis
Published by author
Everyone gets soooo Santa—mental at Christmas time.
Dick and Dom’s Christmas Jokes, Nuts and Stuffing!
By Dominic Wood and Richard McCourt
London: Pan Macmillan
Why does Father Christmas cry a lot?
Because he gets a little santamental!
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