In the spirit of the season, there’s more than local, national and world news plus weather and sports on the Los Angeles Times Web site: For "about the cost of a Christmas card" Santa Claus will call your children, finds Grumpy Editor.
And no, the ho! ho! ho! doesn’t come from a deep-voiced mature editor --- doing double duty --- after deadline.
The greetings originate from an outside service based at a location not disclosed on the Web.
Charge associated with Santa on the line is $3.99.
Santa's call starts with “This is Santa Claus, and I'm calling you all the way from the North Pole.”
The pitch promises Santa will say names of youngsters and “even what they want for Christmas.”
Santa signs off with, “Now don't forget to leave me some milk and cookies, and you have a Merry, Merry Christmas...and remember, Santa's always watching.”
No mention is made about reminding parents to renew their Los Angeles Times subscription.