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Santa’s Dead.

She was cheerful, spritely even, as she scanned our purchases. Chattering away to Master-Four, she asked the obvious question for the time of year, “What’s Santa going to bring you?” He didn’t even hesitate. Didn’t even blink before bleating his reply. “Santa’s dead.” Did the whole store go silent, or was it just my imagination? The sharp intake of breath sounded like something elicited from heavy industrial equipment rather than a few pairs of lungs. We laughed nervously and I tried to explain that we celebrated Jesus at Christmastime, that Santa was more of a cartoon character to my son. Her mouth stretched across her face but her eyes were hard – it was clear I’d been branded unfit for motherhood. What kind of mother tells her child that Santa’s dead?! This incident happened a few days after we Googled Saint Nicholas. We had explained that the fiction of Santa was based on the truth of Saint Nicholas, a real man who lived long ago. St Nick’s story is intriguing. Young Nicholas was born to wealthy parents in …