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Nov 24 2010

Santa’s pants…vindicated!

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and it was once again delightful. Truly my favorite holiday. But this year was even better.

Yes, my parents were visiting. Yes, we had sunny weather. Yes, my turkey was moist and the stuffing plentiful.

But even better than that?

I was proven right.

Two years ago I wrote a post about my favorite Thanksgiving memory: when Santa’s pants fell down at the end of the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I hope against hope every year that it happens again, but in this YouTube age, it wouldn’t be as funny. This holiday I received three comments and an email about that post, and every single one made me grin like a lunatic. I didn’t hallucinate it! I tried finding a video online, but if one exists, it’s well hidden. I’m also pickled tink that I’m #2 in a Google search for “Santa’s Pants Fell Down.” It may be the little things, but this made my weekend.

Sadly, I must confess that my pie skills are no better than they were 24 months ago. As much as I adore pecan pie, and I mean I’d eat it for every meal if I could, I appear to have lost my touch for good. Instead, I now have a great talent for making tooth-breaking pecan brittle. Heavy on the brittle. Makes me cry a little inside. I blame the altitude. And the gluten-free-ness. And the fact that pecans hate me because I want to bake them into goo and shovel them into my gaping maw, warm with ice cream on top.

But at least my pants wouldn’t fall down.

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  1. JenniferH

    Wait! I wasn’t the only one!? Where are the other comments? I can’t believe we are all coming out of the woodwork! We need a Facebook page! Maybe there are more like us out there!!

    1. Jen

      Nope, not the only one! LOL! The other comments are on the original post. 😉 Hm…a Facebook group…hmm…

  2. Nancy Campbell

    I remember my mother calling me–shocked—that she had to follow the high altitude directions. She had just returned to CO after a thirty year absence living in AZ. But still—duh?
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    1. Jen

      Yeah, but you wouldn’t think that high altitude would matter for pecan goo! Blerg. 😛

  3. Benoit

    🙂

    Thanks Jen !

  4. rj

    This has made my day..I’ve been thinking about Santa for a while but only got down to googling tonight and a happened upon your site. It was one of the funniest memories I have and I would love to see it again. I agree a Facebook page is in order…how about starting one? Well done.

    1. Jen

      I can’t begin to tell you how glad I am that I didn’t hallucinate that event. LOL!

      1. Linda johnson

        I remember this too. Lol. We still talk about this every macy’s parade day. What year was this?1970 -1972?

        1. Jen

          I think it was early 80s. I was born in 1973 and was maybe 7 or 8. And I still watch to see it it’ll happen. Lol

          1. Nancy Firth

            Yes it was- early 80’s. I was a young mother- I couldn’t believe it! I’m so glad that you remembered it too!

  5. Janet

    We were talking about this today. Googled and found your comments. It was so shockingly funny. I never realized whether it was planned or not. A very funny moment.

  6. Jayne

    Thanks…while watching this year’s parade, I got to thinking about the year I saw Santa’s pants fall down. Thanks for the validation.

  7. Joanie

    We always waited for Santa to arrive before going the 45 minute drive to my in-laws. I was last to leave the house and the ONLY one in the family to see his pants fall off. Boy that was a hard time convincing anyone what I saw 🙂 Thanks for the search I wish they had the video too.

    1. Jen

      Someday that video will surface and I will sit back and smile.

  8. Alison Keithley

    Nobody has EVER believed that I SAW Santa Claus LOSE HIS TROUSERS!!

    He had just gotten off the sleigh and was going up the steps in front of Macy’s to that little balcony to welcome the Christmas season. It was on those steps his pants fell down almost to his knees. It happened fast because he grabbed them and hardly missed
    a beat so if you weren’t looking at that exact moment, you missed it.

    But WE were looking, weren’t we?

    Thanks for the validation!

    1. Jen

      I had friends this year who actually found newspaper mention of it!! Still waiting for video. 😉

  9. Robert Vasquez

    I remember seeing that as a child. I searched for years and several years ago I finally found it on YouTube but can’t find it anymore.
    Very, Very Funny!

  10. Bill

    I remember it like it was yesterday. For years my family, who weren’t in the room when it happened, have accused me of making it all up! So glad to find someone who can back up my story!

    BTW, the link to “Santa’s pants fell down” doesn’t work. Do you still have this entry some place?

  11. Peggy Askins

    I saw it too! I so wish I could see it again and again! And I know somewhere, Macy’s has it documented! It was the best thing about the parade that year! And I tell my kids and grandkids about it every year! You are not alone!

  12. Peggy

    I remember this happening too. Santa made the naughty list that year.

  13. Nilda Negron

    I remember too! I could not stop laughing in shock. I was a young teen and I believe it happened in the late ’70s. Macy’s must have all its parades taped. Someone should find that year and post it. We all can use a big laugh after this year.

    1. Nilda Negron

      I remember too! I could not stop laughing in shock. I was a young teen and I believe it happened in the late ’70s. Macy’s must have all its parades taped. Someone should find that year and post it. We all can use a big laugh after this year.

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