La Befana, the Christmas witch, and Old St. Nick sipped eggnog in front of an electric fire.
Befana said, “Here’s to generosity and goodwill.”
St. Nick said, “How long have you been giving gifts?”
“A lady never reveals her age, but I’m from that old time religion.”
Nick said, “Eons?”
“You’re right and also very wicked. I’d leave you coal in your boot, but it’s out of fashion.”
St. Nick said, “Don’t I wish. If they keep burning that stuff, the North Pole will melt away. Mermaids will replace elves in the workshop. For the sleigh, porpoises instead of reindeer.”