"The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus" is a funny Christmas poem by the American author and humorist Ogden Nash. The poem tells the story of naughty boy named Jabez Dawes who creates mischief at Christmas by telling everybody that Santa Claus does not exist.
Nash wrote the popular poem in 1942. Nash portrays Jabez as a mischievous boy who upsets everyone in his life by chewing gum with his mouth open, hiding the reading glasses of the elderly and removing plates of milk from kittens. He even refuses to brush his teeth properly. Jabez particularly enjoys tormenting kindergarteners by spreading the rumor that Santa Claus does not exist. The children become so upset that they refuse to hang up stockings on the fireplace at Christmas.
Jabez experiences a surprise on Christmas morning, when he hears the sound of sleigh bells and rushes downstairs to find Santa Claus standing at the bottom of the chimney. As usual, Jabez attempts to talk his way out of a tough spot, denying to Santa that he ever doubted his existence or spread a rumor about it. But Santa has a perfect retort to Jabez that leaves everyone but the mischievous young man delighted.