Vintage Santa



Every time I think of Christmas and the wonderful Santa Claus, except watching the faling snowflakes, expecting gifts and decorating the tree, Coca Cola comes to my mind. I don’t like the taste, I don’t drink… but I love their Christmas commercials and ads. As it is said, they were the ones that contributed in creating Santa’s image. Coca Cola Company defined many many years ago the jolly, red suited, white bearded Santa. You have below a small selection of their vintage ads. (Pictures copyright  The Coca Cola Company)

Santa Claus Drinking Coca Cola

Cola Christmas Ad

“He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf.” (The Night Before Christmas)

Christmas Coca Cola Company Ad

Jolly Santa Claus with Coca Cola

Christmas Coca Cola Ad

Other vintage Christmas adverts apart from Coca Cola? Santa’s playing golf, drinking beer, coffee, and sadly ( and a little scary)… smoking cigarettes.

Santa Drinking Coffee

Santa Claus Rusian Commercial

Santa Claus Drinking Budweiser

Boswell's Beer and Santa Claus

Santa Smoking

Camel Cigarettes Vintage Ad

Pall Mall Ad with Santa

Christmas, commercial or non-commercial, is wonderful… full of love, hope and happiness, and gifts, and snow… and magical vintage Santas. At least for me. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Irina Alexandra is a young entrepreneur and architect, with a passion for miracles and weirdness of life.

She has been writing articles on Weirdomatic for the last 7 years in a search for all the amazing things we tend to ignore.

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2 Responses to “Vintage Santa”

  1. I’m a Coke fanatic – these are great vintage pics!

  2. I love the guy with the Turkish cigarettes. Hey, one of the Saints named Nicholas was from what’s now Turkey…

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