I think Very early I knew there was no "in the flesh" Santa The Santas I saw everywhere we really Santa's helpers and the "Real" Santa was busy making gifts for everyone in the world in some faraway place. I also knew that My grandma knew Santa on a first name bases and Had a direct line to him (Only grandparents could talk to Santa in person) If I somehow got on Santa's naughty list Grandma would talk to Santa for me and explain to him why I should get off the naughty list. Santa is just a vehicle in teaching a child different things. It was explained to me that a little child believing in Santa is a way to help teach a child faith. Because we can't see God (unless you are a Prophet) I feel you don't have to deny Santa let the child do it for themselves. I have always said I believed in Santa when asked, Because I do! AND because I am a Grandpa I talk to Santa almost everyday, My Granddaughter is kind of a corker. But much like I have said before Santa is a movement, train of thought, a spirit of faith ,a way to give to others anonymously without fanfare.