Here is my (I hope gentle) response to M's post yesterday about the Santa Claus lie.
I understand the dilemma; I think I probably once felt the way you did. But now I have a three year-old and everything is a bit different. I'm starting (trying?) to see the world through her eyes. And there is something magical about that world, about childhood. It is a time of exploration, discovery and imagination, where everything is wonderful and anything is possible.
Santa Claus isn't a lie. He is a legend! He isn't about consumerism and commercialism. He is about magic. And love. And hope. Really.