One Thousand Christmas Beards

by Roger Duvoisin, 1955

Santa loses it. Nicking one thousand beards from one thousand St. Nicks, Real Santa declares, "Am I angry! . . . I'll put an end to those false Santas! There is only one Santa Claus, and that's me!"


Santa's scalping spree eventually ends when Mrs. Santa asks, "Did you kill all the false Santas who wore those false beards?"
"No, I didn't," said Santa, "but I put an end to their trying to look like me."

Duvoisin's lovely linework is featured on the endpapers. . .

and title page.