Taking his lead from Queen Elizabeth of England and US presidents, Osama Bin Laden is to release a Christmas video.
"It's his message for all the people of the world at this special time of the year," said an Al Qaeda PR spokesman.
The organization would not reveal details of the video except to say that "it might contain a few surprises".
Terrorism experts and news networks are said to be looking forward to the video. "With all the goodwill that the holiday season generates, it's a lean time of the year for folks like us," said one War-on-Terror pundit. "This should help produce some much-needed appearance fees and boost our book sales. It's time that people stopped being so indulgent at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever, and realized that they should be just as afraid as they are the rest of the year."
Whereas previous Al Qaeda videos have been leaked through Middle Eastern news agencies, Bin Laden's Christmas recording will be available on Youtube and for download from iTunes, claimed the PR spokesman. He was unable to say if the file would be DRM-free.