I got a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Submitted by Carrie December 19th, 2010
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A lumpy-skinned, lazy-eyed hippopotamus disguised as a planter, that is.

A family friend gave me this a couple days ago. She was going to give him to my mom but as soon as I saw him I had to have him (mom wouldn’t appreciate him as much anyway!) I have no idea how old he is, or where he came from. Curiously, our friend had never heard the song “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”; though it is more from her era (originally recorded in 1953) than mine, I grew up with the song and now have my very own “hippo hero”, to play with and enjoy!

I can’t quite make out what this says after the ©. Underneath says BJS.

Now I just need a garage to keep him in.

6 Responses to “I got a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

  1. Allee Willis

    I never heard the song, “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”, so I need to track it down to play the soundtrack when I look at this most gorgeous hippopotamus again…. As I was writing that last sentence it dawned on me I should check on YouTube. There are a trillion versions of it. This was just the first one I stumbled on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKLZxv6wA78&feature=fvst

    You are right to divert the gift track the hippo was on as something this beautiful and kitschy with such fabulous facial expression should go to someone who truly appreciates it.

    As usual, thank you for your excellent documentation!