As a father of two kids (5&3), I had to decide a few years ago what I would "teach" them about Santa. For some reason, I didn't feel comfortable fostering the belief that there is a real man who wears a red suit and comes down the Chimney to leave presents. So I decided to relegate Santa Clause to the level of fantasy currently occupied by Luke Skywalker, Lilo, Dorothy and her friends, and Mickey Mouse. I talk about the Santa Clause "story", and my kids enjoy seeing him at Christmas time, much as they enjoy seeing Mickey and co. when we visit Disneyland. But when it all comes down to it, if you ask my 5 year old if Santa is real, or just a fun story, he replies that he's a "fun story". There are no presents "from Santa" under our tree. I've taught them that this is our secret, and they shouldn't let the other kids know. My wife doesn't agree with this approach, and thinks we should nurture a belief in St. Nick for as long as possible. I just don't think I should spend energy to lie to my kids for years on end for absolutely no purpose. I've already forsaken the bribe/punishment model of parenting, so using Santa's graces as a bargaining chip isn't appealing to me. So are there any other parents here that are doing the same? Or are there any good reasons I've overlooked for teaching my kids that Santa is real?