In these crazy, gadget-obsessed times, even Santa's not immune to the constant flow of information -- and there are more ways to reach out to Father Christmas than ever before.

While going to meet with him face to face at the mall can be touch and go and sending him a letter is less reliable than it once was, you can be in instant contact with St. Nick -- because Santa has teamed up with AT&T to chat with kids of all ages about their Christmas wish lists.

All you've got to do (AT&T customers) is bust out your cell phone, text "SANTA" to 1224 between now and Christmas Eve and Kringle will reply to your Christmas wishes right away (for no extra cost)!

So, there you go. If you have a kid who's at that age, and they're totally mesmerized by cell phones, this is your chance to skip out on mall Santa.