So, let me see if I’ve got this straight. Santa Claus is watching me, to see whether I’m naughty or nice, so he can decide whether I get a cool present or a lump of coal (and isn’t it time we update that part to something more 21st century, like a lump of plutonium?).
But – and this is a big but – I should be good “for goodness’ sake” – i.e. without thought of anything beyond doing the right thing. Which hardly sounds like any definition of ‘good’ I’ve heard.
No, actually, any definition but one: so either this Christmas carol contains a contradiction large enough to pilot a Death Star through, or it was written by Gordon Gekko.