In the orange ones stead was a holiday-themed bit of children meeting a mall Santa (Kenan Thompson) and his elf (Kate McKinnon), and sharing with them their Christmas wishes.
First came a young boy named Tyler who, after requesting Mega Bloks and laser tag, asked, What did Al Franken do? Unease, naturally, ensued.
Well, Tyler, I guess you could say Al Franken is on Santas naughty list this year, Santa replied, referencing Frankens recent resignation following a series of groping allegations.
And what about Roy Moore? Which list is he on? added Tyler of the Alabama Senate candidate, whos been accused of sexual misconduct by at least nine women and was banned from a local mall in Gadsden, Alabama, for creeping on young girlsincluding a Santas helper.
Its not really a list, its more of a registry, McKinnons elf replied.
A young girl named Jessica came next: I wanted to follow up on Tylers question: Is President Trump on the naughty list?
Well, you know, Santa tries to stay out of political matters. Our president may have said or done a few naughty things, explained the diplomatic Santa, thankfully neglecting to mention that time Trump was caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women.
Nineteen accusers. Google it, chimed in Santas helper, in a nod to the 19-plus women who have accused Trump of various degrees of sexual misconduct, including sexual-assault.
Santa was, well, a bit more child-friendly. Look, Jessica, I think we can all learn a lesson from whats going on in the news, he said.
Cue Jessica: We sure can! I learned that if you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble. But if you deny it, they let you keep your job!
It didnt stop there. The children asked questions about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, the opioid crisis, a toy like the one Matt Lauer gave his coworker, and how the GOP tax cuts will make your health care disappear.
Kids say the darnedest things.