Father Christmas, the wealthy Lap toy manufacturer and philanthropist, has finally been released after a thirty-eight year kidnap ordeal.
Mr. Christmas had been seized in 1970 by some very, very naughty boys and girls.
News of his release has revealed a massive worldwide conspiracy to conceal the fate of the man known as “Santa Claus”. Parents had been instructed to maintain the appearance that Mr. Christmas was still visiting homes every Christmas Eve, by buying toys that he had previously given away for free.
Precise details of his capture and eventual release remain a closely-guarded secret, but a police spokesman announced they were looking for a Mr. Mattel and a Mr. Hasbro to help them with their enquiries.
A frail-looking Father Christmas could only raise a red-mittened thumbs up, and mutter something about his kidnappers being “on my list, and not my nice list.” before being placed on a plane bound for RAF Lineham for debriefing.
Father Christmas is expected to return to work this December.