Everyone old enough knows that Santa isn’t real. We know because we can test it. We can be good all year and not have a present show up under the tree from the big guy on Christmas.
We sort of think we don’t have to explain this to our kids–they will simply grow out of it. Sparing many parents from disappointing conversations. (Of course, not everyone chooses to do this.)
Yet, there are many myths, dogmas, conspiracy theories, and urban legends that persist in our culture and thrive today. Are we hoping people will grow out of them or will someone need to tell them? Who is going to be the messenger?
Indeed, we will go to great lengths to spare the feelings of people we love. And for everyone else, we say, “They should know better.”