Once again we've come to the time of year when you try to do a holiday read-aloud and the cries come up about Santa... "Santa isn't real!" "Santa is your mom and dad!" And my personal favorite....."Santa is DEAD!!!!" How do you deal with this? Do you focus on holiday books that don't involve Santa? Do you just ignore the conversation and say that for the sake of the story, Santa is a character like any other character in the book? It drives me crazy and for me it takes a huge part of the fun out of the holiday season when first graders are arguing about it.