I was six when my parents told me there was no Santa Claus:
My response (according to my mom) was, “Whew! You finally know? I’ve known for a long time, but I wasn’t sure you did, and I didn’t want to spoil it for you!”
If it’s any consolation, there are lots of Christmas traditions that are true. Like the one about St. Nicholas, renowned for his kindness to the poor and to orphans (but who didn’t own any reindeer, because they were just too hard to find in ancient Greece). Or the one about showing our love by giving presents and, even better, our presence. Or the one about that guy “Christmas” is named after–you know, that guy.
So, Merry him! And merry family! And merry friends! And merry anyone who needs us! And merry anything and everything that points us back to them,
Even Santa Claus!