Ruh-roh! Surveillance cameras at the North Pole tell their own story about the connection between Santa and online retailers like Amazon. Santa denies everything: “It’s the season of giving,” he says, “and our technology partners help us give.” (Flickr photo/William Warby)

A conversation with the Jolly Northern Elf suddenly goes south when a former business associate, Mumsy Krinklenose, implicates Santa in “Wish Graft” and other high crimes. Only a steady diet of lemon drops — and firm denials by press secretary Sugar Plum Huckleberry — can hold Santa together, and keep Christmas on track.

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By John Straley, Finn Straley, Caitlin Woolsey, and Robert Woolsey.