As a bunch of the neighborhood kids were heading downstairs to play the other day, I overheard one 10-year-old girl speaking, uh, carelessly (if you get my drift) about Santa. I grabbed her by the arm and hissed, "Debbie! Susie still believes in Santa - DO NOT ruin it for her, okay?" Debbie, startled, was nodding her assent when I noticed another neighbor girl - aged 8 - standing next to her, listening to our conversation. She was looking, I noted with dismay, a tad crestfallen.
"I still believe in Santa," she said, in what can only be described as a tone of uncertainty tinged with desperate hope.
Way to ruin a kid's Christmas, eh?
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