Hey folks! Merry Christmas! (I would say "Happy Holidays," but I don't feel like being politically correct today.)
Don't worry, all you non-Christmasy types. I'm only focusing on the commercial side of the holiday. That's right –Santa Claus!
Wow, this isn't the jolly ol' Santa we all know and love. This looks more like the homeless, mentally disturbed Santa we've always feared.
All the signs are there – wandering eye, disheveled clothes, bloody nose. Damn. Looks like he's been stumbling through the streets of the North Pole for well over a week.
He is the perfect stocking stuffer for the weird toy lover in your family (who is probably you).
What we have here is a vintage Santa Claus Push Puppet by Kohler Bros. I think it was released in the 1960s. (No wonder Santa looks like hell. He's been lost on the Island of Misfit Toys for the past 40+ years.)
I'm sure you've seen toys like this before. For those unfamiliar with push puppets, they are basically miniature, marionette-type of toys whose segmented body parts are held together by string which is tied taut to a solid platform encased in a cylindrical base.
Once you "push" on the platform inside the toy's base, it releases the tension of the string, resulting in the sporadic movement of the character. If given enough pressure, all of the body parts will fall limp.
Sheesh. That written description of a push puppet was a bit overkill. I think a quick video will more quickly express what I'm talking about.
Merry Christmas folks! Enjoy your food, drink, family, friends and whatever else it is that you do. I hope Santa leaves something weird in your stocking.