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Why We Never Lied to Our Kids About Santa

There are many things to dislike about Christmas: the bloated newspaper ads, the second-rate music repeated endlessly in shopping malls, the inane evangelical bleating that “Jesus is the reason for the season”, and the pressure to conform lest you be labeled a Scrooge, or, even worse, a Grinch.

Of course, there are things to like about Christmas, too. Everybody enjoys giving presents, and some even like receiving them. A break from work is always appreciated — even if, like me, you just use it to catch up on work left undone — and a house that smells of roast turkey is one worth coming home to.

But there’s one Christmas tradition that my wife and I have never shared: deceiving our kids about the real nature of Santa.

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