Posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 22, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Origin of Santa saying Ho Ho Ho . posted by Clive on October 22, 2003
: : I'm a real bearded Santa and I'm trying to find out
: : why, and when Santa started saying Ho Ho Ho.
: I know this will come as a surprise and a shock but in England Santa never says Ho Ho Ho - it's beneath his dignity, he would sooner have his false beard torn off than utter such a banal and pointless greeting.
I say, old chap! They used to call him Father Christmas in England, didn't they? More creeping Americanization (with a zee!). On my first trip to England in November 1983, I was surprised, shocked, and dismayed to see Picadilly Circus decorated with Disney characters for Christmas!