I do not like that smirking elf,
the one that sits upon a shelf.
He spies on children every day
reporting all they do and say,
Of course, you know it’s all a scam,
disguised as Santa’s “Naughty Cam.”
It’s meant to keep the kids in line
eliminating Christmas whine.
And yet I think it’s more than cruel
and shows that Santa’s just a tool.
This season should be filled with joys
instead of frightened girls and boys,
who come to think that love is earned
and you’ve been bad, if you get spurned.
I’d rather have my children see
that love’s a gift we give for free.