And the kids had quite a few questions Santa wasn't expecting.
In the show opening sketch on Saturday, little Tyler asked Santa (played by Kenan Thompson) for a dinosaur toy, a laser tag game, and then inquired, "Can you tell me what did Al Franken do?". "And, can you tell me, what did Al Franken do?" referring to the Democratic politician who recently resigned after sexual misconduct allegations came to light.
"OK, wow, uh, let's see." a flustered Thompson replies.
"I guess you can say Al Franken is on Santa's naughty list this year", Thompson responds. But it's not over... the kid follows up by asking what list Roy Moore would be on. "Which list is he on?"
The boy then asked about GOP senate candidate Roy Moore.
As Santa shoos the boy away, hoping for a reprieve from the tough questions, a young girl steps up. "Is President Trump on the naughty list?". The result was a hilarious cold open in which Santa dodged questions about our current political climate from a string of precocious youngsters. After explaining that Trump might have said or done a few naughty things, McKinnon's elf interjected with a sly grin.
"No", McKinnon's elf replies bluntly.
"I know", the girl replied.More news: Google Home Max now available from Best Buy and Verizon for $399
Jessica agrees, saying she's learned that "if you admit you get something wrong, you get in trouble".
Unfortunately, the kids that head up to sit on Santa's lap are starting to understand that as long as you deny any wrongdoing, you can always keep your job in the public sector.
The barb was a nod to those who have pointed out the seeming inequity of consequences for those accused of sexual misconduct.
The best line of the skit came after Santa said to one little boy: "Maybe you'd like a toy for Christmas!".
But eventually, like all of us, there's one little girl named Jenny who just wants everything to be all right in the world.
McKinnon's elf immediately tries to comfort the girl. Tyler asks. Santa says he thinks that can be arranged.
When that joke drew disapproving oohs and moans, Che added, "I said, worst thing".
"We seem to have lost all perspective on what's naught and nice", McKinnon tells a child.