Quoting B&Js Mommy:" To me it gives the child something to believe in. Christmas just doesnt seem as magical when you know ... [snip!] ... a certain it is perfectly fine to let them think he is real. My parents didnt tell me until I was 9 or 10 that he wasnt real."
I'm not arguing that kids shouldn't believe in Santa. My point is should everyone else be expected to lie? If so, what about the kids who don't believe? Isn't it setting a double standard if you're expected to only respect one type of believe (that he is real).
When I was a kid I believed. My Mom said some people didn't believe and that was that. Even if other people said he wasn't real, that was fine. My Mom said he only visited people who believed in him, and for a kid that was fine.