And To All, A Good Night
A Contemporary Christmas Tale
December 22, 2005
It was only a matter of time before Santa Claus himself came under the Neanderthal-eyed scrutiny of American
intelligence. After all, Santa’s citizenship is unknown, and he crosses borders with no passport or other form of
identification. No one knows whether he even has a valid pilot’s license.
Although his image is well known, there is no official photograph on file with American border control, and he has never
been fingerprinted or body-searched. Most disconcerting of all, he delivers parcels to children all over the world,
including the children living in the Axis of Evil. His intentions with this activity are not understood beyond some
fuzzy generalization about kindness and generosity to all. Clearly, here was the world’s largest unplugged pipeline to
It was only after receiving no response to several urgent letters from the State Department requesting an immediate
meeting in Washington that a decision was made to approach Santa’s North Pole solitude. As usual in such matters with
the people now running America, a wing of America’s most lethal killing machines was employed for the purpose. You never
know what you might encounter in such a forbidding place.
As the planes first zoomed over the icy silence of the North Pole workshop, one of the pilots decided to swoop down for
a closer look. He was one of those daring fly-boys, and his tail struck the only wire for thousands of miles around, the
North Pole Telegraph, sending his plane hurling into the workshop in a ball of flames with tons of ammunition and
Santa and Mrs. Claus rushed out of their snow-blanketed gingerbread house to see what was happening, trying to calm the
terrified reindeer running from their stable at one end of the house. The elves, too, scurried towards the stable,
trying to stop the reindeer from running or flying off.
Above, in the dark vault of sky, the other pilots observed the explosion and saw missile trails smoking into the air.
They also saw the frantic activity below and quickly concluded their comrade had come under anti-aircraft attack. So
they swooped down in attack formation, rapid-fire canon tearing into everything ahead of them.
Most of the reindeer fell in the snow, spurting warm blood across the bluish-white surface. Most of the elves, too, fell
gasping for life. Mrs. Claus received a wound in the head and instantly fell limp. Santa tried heroically to reach his
wife but realized the situation was hopeless and turned, running into the darkness accompanied by Prancer, the only
The only witness to the massacre is one surviving elf now living somewhere in Canada under an assumed identity, fearful
for his life. It is only from his testimony that we know anything about Santa’s fate.
Realizing the horrific mistake they had made, the pilots dropped white phosphorus bombs with the intention of
incinerating all evidence. The entire North Pole lit up and Santa and Prancer could be seen in the distance on a huge
block of ice drifting off into the dark sea, the ice everywhere cracked and weakened by the combined effects of white
phosphorus and years of global warming.
Within in a few hours, the beating sound of a black helicopter approached Santa and Prancer. The elf, from his hiding
place in a snowdrift, could only make out intermittent sounds across the howling coldness, but it seems armed men
emerged from the helicopter, shot Prancer and shackled Santa, shoving him into the dark, beating machine. The elf heard
a word that sounded like Guantanamo and Santa has not been heard from since. Reports of his fate reached the
International Red Cross and organizations like Amnesty International, leading to inquiries, but these have been met only
with silence from American authorities.