Although it was kept secret for almost a whole year, Santa Claus and all his reindeer plus three, some say as many as six elves died last year in a terrible accident.
It was only when several spy agencies began comparing notes that they finally believed the rumor was true.
It seems that Santa and company had landed on a housetop in New Jersey that had a shortage in the decorations and all were electrocuted on the spot.
After a quick decision, a wide awake neighbor who called himself Smith, reached the police who immediately sent a SOCO team to investigate early in the morning, that they quickly hauled the bodies away.
"They didn't want any kids to see it", stated Smith.
So if Santa doesn't come this year but Mrs Santa or her much younger toy-boy husband will bring the gifts and toys.
The reindeer & elves are apparently being replaced by illegal immigrants and drones.
"At least I'll be able to sleep without all those lights and that horrible stench from last year", Smith told our reporter.