Don't tell the kiddies but Christmas could be cancelled this year if the National Union of Santas has its way.
Firebrand shop steward, Ray "The Sack" Nicholas, has threatened to call Santas everywhere out on a wildcat strike on December 24th if his demands are not met. He told us:
"The workload is becoming ridiculous. Management is expecting us to start earlier each year. New work practices demand that we start reading notes that have been put up chimneys as early as November and as for Christmas itself!
How would you like to cover the whole country in a night climbing up and down chimneys with heavy bulky bikes and computers? My knees are shot to bits mate!"
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is getting involved in the fracas as he has asked Nicholas to come to Downing St to discuss the crisis in person.
In the meantime, The Spoof suggests that all parents go out now and panic buy everything they can get their hands on just in case it all goes pear-shaped.