first word of a phrase involves Santa's sleigh ride GOOD ONES: Breeder's Cup track
SANTA ANITA Dog bugger
FLEA "West Side Story" knife, e.g.
PROP [I thought SHIM or other toughguy word for knife] BTW:
While the puzzle per se was not the best, at least it had a Christmas theme --- for which I am grateful: while I lack faith I do appreciate our better traditions, and I think Christmas is the best time of year and should be celebrated at least for its cheer and giving spirit.
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun