A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 22, 2016
“Christmas: The time of year when everyone gets Santamental”

"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.)

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Advertiser’s Digest
Volumes 18-19
1953
Pg. 224:
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.

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The Irish Digest
Volume 85, Issue 2
1965
Pg. 19:
Belfast man’s definition of Christmas: “The time of year when everybody gets a wee bit Santamental.”

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The Ad-Libber’s Handbook:
2000 New Laughs for Speakers

By Robert Orben
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1969
Pg. 39:
Christmas— the time when everybody gets a little Santamental.

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- Christmas: The time when everyone gets Santamental.
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is WisHinG “MeRRy ChRisTMaS, NeArLy EveryBody”. LeTs GetS SanTaMenTal!
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Christmas Jokes and Riddles for Kids
By Christy Davis
Published by author
2013
Pg. ?:
Everyone gets soooo Santa—mental at Christmas time.

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Dick and Dom’s Christmas Jokes, Nuts and Stuffing!
By Dominic Wood and Richard McCourt
London: Pan Macmillan
2015
Pg. ?:
Why does Father Christmas cry a lot?
Because he gets a little santamental!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Thursday, December 22, 2016 • Permalink