Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Gimcrack of Doom

Santa, just a word of unsolicited advice, the kind that people love to give and hate to get:

People might like a few gimcracks! I know that a gimcrack is a gaudy, showy trifle, mainly because I looked it up over here. They just sound so nice and - frivolous, you know, kind of fun and shiny.

And once a year, that could be enjoyable. Not too many gimcracks, of course - there's merit in things like, say, Belgian chocolates and Moleskine notebooks.

It's just that - for heaven's sake, please, please, please do not bring anyone any Colgate's toothpaste.

(I can see it's too late though. Look what's in his bag! He didn't even wrap them up, either.)

Advertisement from 1920, from Duke University's Ad Access.

15 comments:

Bill said...

I know this much, if the only Santa that visited our chimney had been Toothpaste Santa, there would have been a very pouty little boy in our home. Toothpaste Santa is even worse than Clothes & Shoes Santa.

Erica said...

I would rather have a gimcrack. At least that I can resell on eBay.

KiKi said...

I like that I've learned a new word. Gimcrack.

THAT IS A KICKASS WORD! and sooo gimcracky.

Crystal Raen said...

This is hilarious. A toothpaste Santa!?! When I was a kid I woulda sent him packin! LOL. I'd much rather have a Gimcrack!

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Tori Lennox said...

Gosh, I'm glad Toothpaste Santa never came to OUR house. I'd have had to give HIM coal for a change.

Da Old Man said...

Toothpaste Santa must have been related to the same rat who left stupid oranges in my stocking, Citrus Fruit Santa.

Amy said...

why would they advertise buying toothpaste for people for xmas? was it a luxury back then or something?

Lidian said...

Bill - Maybe they are brothers...

Erica - Yes, there are loads of gimcracks on EBay!

KiKi - It can be used in some fun ways too, I just didn't want to have, you know TOO much fun, on top of the toothpaste and all.

Crystal Raen - Thank you!

Tori - Yes, but he might actually like it.

Da Old Man - Orange Santa is Victorian, I think, because that was a hot gift back then. My grandmother (born in 1889) was extremely pleased to get an orange for Christmas. I can see why you wouldn't be though!

Amy - I don't think so, I think they were just reaching for it really.

Sassy Pants said...

If Santa brought me toothpaste for x-mas, I'd just assume my parents thought I had stinky breath!

Kristie said...

Oh dear, my kids are getting new tubes of Sponge Bob COLGATE toothpaste in their stocking.

Daisy said...

Yes, I would much rather get some gimcracks than Colgate in my stocking.

Lidian said...

Sassy Pants - Yes, there is a possible implicit criticism in this sort of gift...

Kristie - ...However, it is perfectly OK if it is a special toothpaste such as SpongeBob! :)

Daisy - Yes, and we need to get some gimcracks with catnip in them for our kitties...

Maria said...

Personally, I demand more gimcracks! Although, my Mom likes practical gifts (like Colgate!), so I'll be happy to reassure her that she won't be getting a single gimcrack this year!

Lidian said...

Maria - I always hint around for gimcracks! :)

Cari Hislop said...

Looking at the picture, the fact Santa looks like he's going to fall off the roof (into a crack) seems rather prescient! When Santa's nearest and dearest wake up to find a mountain of unwrapped boxes of toothpaste under the tree I suspect Santa will be in a big crack big time!