Dancing Santa Tells Me It's Christmas Soon

December 19, 2017 | Bill V.

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Every year, we unpack the dancing Santa and I know it's going to be Christmas soon.

Bill V's dancing Santa figurine

I would imagine most folks who celebrate Christmas will have something similar that says -- hey it's that time!

My family mementos got me thinking about Toronto's deep relationship with Santa Claus.

Now, if you're from here you're probably familiar with the iconic Santa Claus Parade (formerly the Eaton's Santa Claus parade -- sigh ... the times, they certainly do change).

You maybe lined up -- your dad possibly put you on his shoulders -- you cheered as floats, marching bands and other characters walked by, waiting until .... he arrived!

1973 Toronto Star photo  Santa Claus waving to cheering crowds at Toronto Santa Claus parade

 Santa on foot was ok ...

1979 Toronto Star photo Santa on foot at annual Eaton's parade Toronto

But really, it was Santa in his sleigh (and those great gifts he had) that got a kid excited.

1979 Toronto Star photo Santa in his sleigh waving to crowd

If you're interested in the history of the parade, there are even some books you could read including A Mile of Make-believe: A History of the Eaton's Santa Claus Parade.

A mile of make-believe  a history of the Eaton's Santa Claus parade

The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books
even has some vintage Eaton's Santa Claus Parade colouring books from the 1950s. If you're wondering who the character beating the drum is ... well that's Punkinhead and I refer you to this blog on him to find out more information (he first appeared in the Eaton's parade in 1948).

Eaton's Santa Claus parade colouring book

There are many good blogs on the Eaton's Parade that have loads of information and great vintage photos:

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.