It's been a year in which the alleged needs of security have made many people feel more insecure.
So now as we all prepare to gather round with our families, the American Civil Liberties Union would like to remind us that Santa Claus does exist, but he might be an NSA agent.
In a YouTube video made, I imagine, to make you titter and quiver, we hear a famous song that's been infiltrated.
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" has become "The NSA Is Coming To Town."
Some might be moved by lines such as "You're making a list, they're checking it twice" and "they see while you are sleeping, they hear while you're awake."
As you're listening to these words of foreboding, we see that NSA agents are dressing up as secret Santas so that they can follow your every move.
We see the NSAntas marauding around, photographing people's cell phones with their own cell phones, and generally being intrusive to the point of insanity.
Your insanity, that is.
Some people fight back. Some are merely bemused by this overactivity, while they're trying to focus on what's important at Christmas: buying things.
"Help us end the NSA's unlawful spying programs," is the message at the end of this cheery piece.
How might you do that? Kidnap the secret Santas' reindeer?