There has been a major crisis at the North Pole as an unidentified elf announced that Santa Clause "aka Chris Kringle" has been admitted into a psychiatric hospital for exacerbation of anxiety.
The elf, who wished to remain anonymous and is not authorized to release any statements, stated that Santa had been under an unusual amount of stress this year; a distant look-a-like cousin has been flown to the North Pole to fill in in case Santa is unable to fulfil his duties this Holiday season.
The cousin has invited all North Pole residents to the Santa palace tomorrow evening for a cook-out. All he asks is they bring a big appetite.
In an unrelated incident, the North Pole police department is investigating several gruesome Reindeer murders. Two elves on their coffee brake found all twelve of Santa's Reindeer hanging by their back hooves from trees behind the stables.
Police are treating this as a hate crime due to the way they were killed. The local coroner report stated all twelve reindeer were shot, gutted, then hung from trees.
"I never seen anything like it in my career," stated one officer who didn't want to be named. "It was as if they where left hanging there to bleed out!"
Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to contact the North Pole police department.