My ten year old son worked out that Santa Claus was fictitious at an alarmingly early age. It never ruined the fun for him. In fact, it became more fun because he knew something that his much older brother was oblivious to. Not only that, he threatened his class teacher he would tell all the kids in his class that Santa Claus wasn't real. We also found out that he would sidle up to the school chaplain and say...So, Mr Xxxxxx, how is your invisible friend today?
As for Christmas, keep in mind...
It was originally a pre-Christian festival, the gift giving a relatively modern innovation from around the 17th to 18th Century from Britain. Santa Claus in its modern incarnation was thanks to Coca Cola. In this country, Christmas is very much a secular celebration of family.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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