So today we celebrate Sinterklaas in my country, which has basically the same idea of Christmas (since it's related/derived from, etc.)
For the people not familair with this Dutch tradition: Kids who have been good this year, will be gifted presents this evening when Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten pop by to leave a whole bunch of presents. Of course it's actually the parents/care-takers/grandparents who bought the presents, but the young kids are made to believe in Sinterklaas, just like (i guess) kids in other countries believe in Santa.
However, i spoke to a friend of mine with two younger kids (9 and 3) who told me that she told her kids right away that Sinterklaas didn't exist and that she is the one buying the gifts. She also told me that her youngest gets really upset when her oldest mentions this as the younger kid wants to believe in Sint.
So question: Do you/would you let your children believe in Santa/Sinterklaas? Or will/do you tell your kids right away that Santa is not real? Why?
(my answer in the comments)