Freaky Santa

As a photographer, I love to take photos of kitschy things….. and this one takes the cake. This “vintage” Santa has freaked me out for the ten years that I’ve lived here. Maybe it’s retro, or nostalgic, but this Santa who always poses at the edge of Elm St. at the Easter Seals Christmas tree lot, is a holiday staple here. I’ve always had a strangely horrified reaction to this Santa, like, “Really!!!!??” He’s pretty creepy.  In fact, it bugged me so much that I actually made two attempts at photographing him this December. The first day was so warm and sunny that he had a big shadow straight across his face, which actually added to the insane smeared-lipstick clown expression that he has. Another time the light was much better so that’s what I worked with. Either way, he’s still “freaky Santa” to me.

  • Derek via Facebook - Wooo. That IS freaky. How old is it?ReplyCancel

  • Martha via Facebook - hey Erika, this freaky santa used to be in Amherst at an auto garage for awhile. One year it met with a windy accident and for awhile it was in the side yard with his top half sitting on the ground next to his bottom. Then one year it disappeared, and reappeared in Manchester. That Santa gets around!ReplyCancel

    • Justin - We have had this Santa on our tree lot for over 20 years, was never in Amherst.ReplyCancel

  • via Facebook - Ha! that’s fantastic, Martha! It’s great to hear more of his history–sounds like he’s had an interesting one. Anybody else know more about this Santa?ReplyCancel

  • Karen via Facebook - That Santa has always creeped me out too!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara via Facebook - Now that could turn you against Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - I work with the owner of this Santa – I sent him this link – maybe he will fill you in on the history of this jolly ol’ fella! ReplyCancel