This December 1940 photo shows an exhausted Santa Claus bathing his tired feet in a hot mustard bath.
On Christmas night in 1940, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer gave several accounts of Santa Claus’ long day. The police reporter noted that Santa was “unacountably missing” from the North Pole for twelve hours. A foreign correspondent reported that German anti-aircraft fire had wounded three of Santa’s reindeer. The society editor noted that Santa had gotten home safely and was about to leave for a restful vacation.