Yule never believe what happened today at 7th and Montana: Kris Kringle, himself, drove by in a white Mustang convertible under police and fire department escort. Sirens blared, traffic stopped and children ran to the sidewalk, all in an effort to ring in the holidays. As for Jolly Old Saint Nick ... he didn't look especially Jolly. I couldn't help noticing that, as he passed Our Favorite Starbucks, he put his hands together and seemed to be saying a little prayer. Perhaps, like the rest of us, he was praying that there were no crimes or fires in the city while so many of Santa Monica's finest were busy protecting him ...!