My 7 year old asked me yesterday if Santa was real. I told him Santa was like Tinkerbell...as long as you believed, they were real. He thought about my answer for a few seconds and then declared, "I believe." Next year he may not, and that will be a little sad. I hope having the decision in his hands will soften the blow most of us feel when magic becomes unlikely, our parents cease to be infallible and world seems unsafe.