As much as I reject the early arrival of the holiday season (and with it, all those smug announcements of "I've finished all my Christmas shopping" — no, I haven't bought your present, or any present), I do love the early availability of SANTA THREATS. I used my first one on Thursday: "Lu, what would Santa Claus think of that?" She made a funny face and said in a coy, babyish voice, "Um, I have no idea?" She has an idea, alright. 'Tis the season to be cooperative.