theodp writes "Tell your kids they better be extra-nice this year. The Boston Globe reports that Santa Claus will be carrying a missile payload this Christmas. In addition to his reindeer posse, Santa will be accompanied by a jet-fighter escort armed with missiles (video), which the US military has chosen to add to this year’s version of its traditional NORAD Santa Tracker. Adding the jets is "part of our effort to give the program more of an operational feel," said Navy Captain Jeff A. Davis. Some child advocates are not amused. "Children associate Santa with gifts and fun and everything else that is positive about Christmas," said Allen Kanner, a California child and family psychologist. "They are associating this with the military in children’s minds. It is completely out of line." C'mon kids, let's sing: "Snowden got torpedoed by a reindeer, walking home from Putin's Christmas Eve!""