It’s been going on for years. Everyone is involved. Tens of thousands are conned each year, and we are all part of the grand conspiracy.
It starts with the parents, is reinforced by the schools and assisted by department stores, grandparents, uncles, aunts, the media, the post office and even random strangers on the streets.
I refer of course to Santa Claus.
Do you remember the epiphany? The moment that you realised that Santa was a fraud? When you figured out that the physics of inter-continental travel on a sleigh, the required mass of presents and available time just didn’t make sense? Let alone the impossibility of fitting a rotund Santa down the chimney, assuming you even had one.
It’s more the sense that everyone was conspiring against you that was disappointing.
The Western world holds small children to a myth through lies and deceit. It’s no wonder that they get their own back by pretending to believe, for years and years, after Santa Clausian faith has deserted their formerly longer innocent minds.