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Pick of the Day: How did Santa know about that field trip?

I still don't know how the Santa Claus at the Merrifield Garden Center knew that Kate Nette had been on a field trip in school earlier on the day she went to see the man in the red coat, and perhaps you could fault Annie Gowen for not explaining that in depth in her splendid piece on older kids who still believe in Mr. Claus. But given the outraged response of some folks on the comment boards to the mere fact that Gowen has dared to write a piece suggesting that some people age out of their childhood belief in Santa, I don't know that she could really have given away more of the trade secrets than she has in this story on the front page of today's Washington Post.

Gowen treats a sensitive subject with a sweet blend of caution and humor. I've never spoken to a Santa, or met any kid who believed that there is really such a character out there at the North Pole, but the fact that there are still kids out there who are living a Miracle on 34th Street existence is nothing but lovely, even if this story did somehow manage to attract the usual nutballs who are using the comment boards to someone connect this topic to, um, the pros and cons of Barack Obama. (Believe it!)

It's a delightful read, just what I wanted on my front page this morning.

By Marc Fisher  | December 24, 2009; 9:37 AM ET
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