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Parody Christmas songs usually fail either because they're not all that funny, or because no attention is paid to how well the parodic material matches the source material. Bob Rivers sometimes gets it right - "I Am Santa Claus" (to the music of "Iron Man") is pretty near perfect, especially the "ho ho ho" at the beginning - but he's too often tempted into crudeness for its own sake. But this song not only matches the original's music almost exactly, the parody narrative is a perfect fit with the original's. Plus, the writers (Tim Walters and Steve Rosenthal) cleverly work in musical references to several Christmas songs - even that mysterious little number sung in Whoville.

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