I am not a big fan of the whole Santa thing. I don't want to be a kill-joy but it makes me uncomfortable when the kids ask direct questions about him. Besides why should he take all the credit for the gifts that we buy!
Nevertheless, on Saturday morning the whole thing took a terrible theological turn. We were enjoying something of a lie-in when Anya came into the room complaining. 'Ronan says that Marvelle (a girl in his school) is not a Christian because she doesn't believe in Santa.'
Marvelle's parents are fine Christians who have decided to be honest about Santa. Anyway I left the explanation to Caroline, who tries to frame explanations about Santa in a less deceitful way, and who told Anya to assure Ronan that you can be a Christian even if you don't believe in Mr. Clause.