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Do Your Children Believe in Santa Claus?

As the fifth of six children, I cannot recall ever believing in Santa Claus.

My parents put out cookies, and spoke of Santa, even signing his name on gift tags, but I never believed in Santa.

As a parent, I just avoid Santa talk. I might read “A Visit from St. Nicholas” — but I don’t tell my children about Santa or try to convince them that he is the one giving gifts, filling stockings, or eating the cookies after Midnight Mass. And yet, they’ve heard about Santa from enough relatives and we…

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