Knocking Out Old Santa Claus

The St. Louis Post Dispatch has the following jab at Hamilton and her preachers:

The Protestant ministers of Hamilton, O., are protesting against Santa Claus. They have decided that the old man is a myth, and “that the churches are not justified in fostering even so innocent a superstition;” also “that Christmas entertainment programs should be confined to Christmas carols” minus the Christmas candy.

This blow, alas, is very hard;
But dear old Santa Claus is barred;
He has been sentenced to eviction
By certain ministers, because
They say, (oh, fury!) Santa Claus
Is nothing more than childish fiction.
No more the children he will please
With Christmas toys and Christmas trees,
Nor come to cheer them from a distance.
Because you see, old Santy C. —
The case is plain as plain can be —
Has no corporeal existence!
The preachers say it is not right,
Although delusions bring delight,
To foster such a superstition,
And make the children all believe
That Santa’s real. (To deceive
Them would be such an imposition.
No more in some mysterious way
Will they be cheered on Christmas day
With candies, nuts and things in barrels,
But to improve their little souls
And save them from perdition’s coals,
They’ll be regaled with Christmas carols.
Oh, what a treat ’twill be for them
To sing about Jerusalem,
While other gredy kids are sitting
Around some foolish Christmas tree
And eating (such vulgarity!)
Until their sides are nearly splitting.
Yes, Santa Claus is banned and barred
From Hamilton Ohio’s yard,
While all the world exclaims, “Oh fie. oh!
But is the old boy down and out?
No! He will simply change his route,
And cut out Hamilton, Ohio.

The Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Dec 24, 1902

Corpus Christi Times (Corpus Christi, Texas) Dec 11, 1951

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